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Pertaining to or formed during a period of geologic time between two successive glacial epochs or between two glacial stages.



a period between the cold ice ages of the Anthropogenic [Quaternary] period. The interglacials were characterized by a comparatively warm climate and the complete disappearance of the ice sheet in temperate latitudes.

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Furthermore, the heat-trapping gases that we release in the most moderate scenario will warm the Earth for much longer than a typical interglacial, on the order of 100,000 years.
Not even our current interglacial that began around 10,000 years ago was brought about by industrial activity.
Toronto is located on some of Ontario's richest sites of buried fossil-bearing sediments from the last interglacial time.
The Pleistocene ice age is really a succession of 17 or more glacial periods separated by warmer times, called interglacial periods, when the ice retreats.
Wilson of the College of Wooster, he reported that sea levels were considerably less stable than earlier thought: They oscillated up and down by 13 to 20 feet over a few thousand years about 120,000 years ago during the Last Interglacial, a warm period when the climate resembled today's.
The distribution of sensitive species changed during both the Pliocene and Pleistocene, and contracted during the following interglacial period due to changes in climate (Ciplak 2004).
The wind is not having such effects now because the climate is different, Kapp indicates, suggesting the westerly winds shift north during interglacial periods like that of the current climate and toward the equator during glacial periods.
These stopped about 18,000 years ago as earth's climate suddenly snapped into what is pretty, much like the current interglacial period.
An early Neanderthal upper jaw fragment containing two teeth, whose owner probably lived during an interglacial period in the Lower Palaeolithic era, was found in a cave in the River Elwy valley, at the Bontnewydd Paleaolithic site, near St Asaph, Denbighshire.
During the past 750,000 years, there have been eight ice age cycles separated by warmer, interglacial periods; the Earth now is near the end of an interglacial period that will give way in several thousand years to another ice age.
The decrease in productivity and extent of grassland is likely to have been the major contributor to the extinction of many large mammals across most of northern Eurasia and north-western North America by about 11,400 years ago, the onset of the present warm interglacial period.