Milutin Milankovitch - What matters is Orbital Eccentricity...

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Milutin Milankovitch Serbian mathematics professor Had the idea that variations in the Earth’s orbit could have a major effect. In 1912 he set out to prove his theory Milankovitch’s Calculation It took a year to do the preliminary calculations The Plan: Work 4 hours a day on weekdays (he did have a day job) Work all Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday Without major problems he would finish his calculations in ~16 years…. .! He started in earnest in 1913. Milankovitch found that the amount of sunlight at 65° N varies by as much as 25%.
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Unformatted text preview: What matters is Orbital Eccentricity (how off-circular) Axial Tilt Precession (when in the year the Earth has its closest approach to the Sun). Why are there Ice Ages? The idea is simpleif you have warm summers they will melt all the snow that falls in your cold winter Cold summers will allow snow to accumulate Also warmer winters tend to produce more snow....
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2011 for the course AST 2002 taught by Professor Britt during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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