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Climatic variations, both in oceans and on continents, can be only partly recorded in marine sediments. Climatic factors more directly affect erosion and sedimentation on land, however local conditions may cause important interference of climatic changes in space and time. Seawater buffers these factors, making marine sediments more suitable to characterize regional, and sometimes global, climatic changes.

The following problems and results about climatic indicators off northwest Africa deal mainly with climatic changes on land. The present climatic zonation is given in Figure 1, and continental margin profiles are given in Figure 2.

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