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Response to Comment on “A 12-million-year temperature history of the tropical Pacific Ocean”

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Science  19 Dec 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6216, pp. 1467
DOI: 10.1126/science.1257930

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Abstract

Contrary to our conclusions, Ravelo et al. argue that our TEX86-based sea surface temperature (SST) records do not conflict with the supposition of “permanent El Niño–like” conditions during the early Pliocene. We show that the way Ravelo et al. treat the existing temperature data perpetuates an inaccurate impression of cooler Pacific warm-pool SSTs and low equatorial temperature gradients in the past.

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