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A planetary wave model for Saturn's 10.7-h periodicities. / Smith, C. G A; Ray, L. C.; Achilleos, N. A.

In: Icarus, Vol. 268, 01.04.2016, p. 76-88.

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Smith CGA, Ray LC, Achilleos NA. A planetary wave model for Saturn's 10.7-h periodicities. Icarus. 2016 Apr 1;268:76-88. Epub 2016 Jan 6. doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2015.12.041

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Smith, C. G A ; Ray, L. C. ; Achilleos, N. A. / A planetary wave model for Saturn's 10.7-h periodicities. In: Icarus. 2016 ; Vol. 268. pp. 76-88.

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