Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
Development and technical paper
25 Sep 2020
Development and technical paper |  | 25 Sep 2020

Simulating the Early Holocene demise of the Laurentide Ice Sheet with BISICLES (public trunk revision 3298)

Ilkka S. O. Matero, Lauren J. Gregoire, and Ruza F. Ivanovic

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