Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Review article
30 Mar 2022
Review article |  | 30 Mar 2022

Pioneers of the ice age models: a brief history from Agassiz to Milankovitch

M. Efe Ateş

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In this article, I trace the history of the models of ice ages during the period between the nineteenth and twentieth century. Some previous versions of ice age models were briefly discussed. I present a bird’s-eye view of the scientific collaboration in developing a model and of the reasons behind the success of the Milankovitch model as well.