Investigation of the mechanisms underlying climatic change has become an important research area in recent years and a scientific priority for governments and earth scientists. Analysis of sediment sequences from the deep‐sea floor that have accumulated over the last few million years has been fundamental to determining the history of global climatic changes, particularly during the Quaternary. An important part of this research has been aimed at investigating the cyclicity of climatic change and its relation to variation in solar radiation received by the Earth, the so‐called ‘Milankovitch variations’, which have had major climatic effects at all latitudes during the...

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