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Comment on “Reconciliation of the Devils Hole climate record with orbital forcing”

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Science  21 Oct 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6310, pp. 296
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8074

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Abstract

Moseley et al.’s (Reports, 8 January 2016, p. 165) preferred-Termination-II age is subjective, as evidenced by variation in their Termination-II ages of 2500 years per meter. Termination-II-age bias decreases to zero at ~1.5 meters below the present-day water table, if one assumes linear variation with core-sample height. Maintaining the required gradient of thorium isotope 230Th over 3.6 meters for 1000 years, much less 10,000 years, seems exceedingly unlikely.

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