It is probably fair to say that we know more about the environmental changes occurring during the last glacial to interglacial transition of the Pleistocene Epoch and Holocene Epoch than we do for the longer term geologic record of the Phanerozoic environmental changes in the exogenic system or the ecosphere, although we are still seeking answers to what were the main drivers and the explanatory mechanisms of many of the observed changes in the Pleistocene and Holocene. For example, despite considerable efforts, the mechanism(s) responsible for the rapid rise in atmospheric CO2 during deglaciations is still unknown although several...

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