Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of the course is to introduce the student to a field of stratigraphy which shows an increasing importance, and to its applications in establishing time scale based on astromical dating methods and in reconstructing climate changes.
Course contents summary
Eccentricity, precession and obliquity cycles and their control on insolation; astronomical solutions
Astronomical Ice Age theory of Milankovitch
Astronomical Time Scale (examples from Mediterranean Neogene)
Orbital forcing on Neogene climate (e.g. sapropels formations in the Mediterranean, global cooling)
1) Schwarzacher W., 1993. Cyclostratigraphy and the Milankovitch Theory. Developments in Sedimentology 52, Elsevier, 225 pp.
2) Hilgen F., Astronomical Solution: from Solar System to Insolation; Astronomical Time Scale: from Cycles to Geological Time. In “Paleoceanography: Theory and Field evidence”, Paleoceanography School held in Naples 25 September-2 October 2003, pp. 2-16.
3) Ruddiman W.F., 2000. Earth’s climate: past and future. W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, NY, USA, pp. 465.