MILANKOVITCH CYCLE: Climate Change and Glaciation

Milankovitch Cycle

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2018

The Milankovitch Cycle

Milankovitch Cycle

Earth revolves around the sun in a roughly circular orbit. But roughly every 200,000 years, its orbit becomes more eccentric from gravitational interactions.

It’s close to circular now. But like a pendulum, eccentricity will swing back the other way.

It’s because Venus is so close and Jupiter is so large that gravity affects its orbit.

In the eyes of Milankovitch, there’s been a noticeable trend in climate, temperature and seasons due to this cycle.

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