The paleo carbonate ion proxy proposed by Broecker et al.  is applied in a search for trends in the Holocene acidity of waters in the transition zone between North Atlantic Deep Water and Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW). A clear signal emerges that the carbonate ion content of waters in this zone declined during the past 8000 years. In order to determine whether this decline represents a strengthening of the northward penetrating tongue of low CO3= content AABW or a global reduction of CO3= measurements were made on a core from the Ontong Java Plateau in the western equatorial Pacific. Evidence for a similar decline in CO3= ion over the course of the Holocene was obtained lending support of the latter explanation. Such a drop is consistent with the recent finding by Indermuhle et al.  that the CO2 content of the atmosphere (as recorded in the Taylor Dome Antarctica ice core) rose by 20-25 ppm during the past 8000 years.
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