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Critical Comment on the Article by R. Rek “The Maunder Minimum and the Sun as the Possible Source of Particles Creating Increased Abundance of the 14C Carbon Isotope”

Abstract

Several strong but erroneous statements were made by R. Rek in an article published in this volume of Solar Physics. Here we show that these misleading statements are caused by neglecting the known effects of the carbon cycle and misinterpretation of the data. In particular we show that the claim of the Maunder minimum being “the period without a significant cessation of activity” contradicts the bulk of observational evidence and is caused by the misinterpretation of proxy data.

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Usoskin, I.G., Kovaltsov, G.A. Critical Comment on the Article by R. Rek “The Maunder Minimum and the Sun as the Possible Source of Particles Creating Increased Abundance of the 14C Carbon Isotope”. Sol Phys 261, 353–359 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11207-009-9497-4

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  • Sun: activity