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Research article
20 Aug 2018
Research article |  | 20 Aug 2018

A theory of Pleistocene glacial rhythmicity

Mikhail Y. Verbitsky, Michel Crucifix, and Dmitry M. Volobuev

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Using a dynamical climate model purely reduced from the conservation laws of ice-moving media, we show that ice-sheet physics coupled with a linear climate temperature feedback conceal enough dynamics to satisfactorily explain the system response over the full Pleistocene. There is no need, a priori, to call for a nonlinear response of, for example, the carbon cycle.
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