A new, astronomically calibrated time scale is presented for the Mediterranean\ud Pliocene based on the correlation of sedimentary cycles to astronomical curves which\ud describe the quasi-periodic variations in the Earth's orbit during the last 5.5 Ma. These\ud sedimentary cycles are found in a continuous deep-sea marl sequence emerged above\ud present sea-level due to tectonic uplift. For this sequence, an integrated high-resolution\ud magnetostratigraphy, (planktonic foraminiferal) biostratigraphy and lithostratigraphy is\ud established which underlies the new time scale. This time scale differs substantially from\ud more conventional time scales which rely entirely on K/Ar radiometric datin
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