glacial period


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glacial period

1. any period of time during which a large part of the earth's surface was covered with ice, due to the advance of glaciers, as in the late Carboniferous period, and during most of the Pleistocene; glaciation
2. the Pleistocene epoch

glacial period

[¦glā·shəl ′pir·ē·əd]
(geology)
Any of the geologic periods which embraced an ice age; for example, the Quaternary period may be called a glacial period.
Generally, an interval of geologic time which was marked by a major equatorward advance of ice.
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The cold last glacial period experienced lower rainfall than today but its effectiveness, particularly at higher latitudes, was still significant.
By giving information about environmental conditions during the last glacial period, the research findings can help scientists to reconstruct what the world was like at that time, she said.
The swings in the greenhouse gas are important because they help keep Earth in a deep freeze during glacial periods and help warm the climate between ice ages.
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.
They have determined there were at least three major glacial periods occurring about every 10,000 years.
Anatolia is considered to be one of the most important refugia in southern Eurasia during glacial periods (Ciplak 2004).
During the glacial periods, the winds whisked sediment out of the Basin.
Despite the fundamental importance of environmental history for diversity and conservation, there is little primary evidence concerning the nature of vegetation in north equatorial Southeast Asia during the Last Glacial Period (LGP).
The second segment of the current drill program is testing an area with radon anomalies, described in assessment reports by Mokta, which is over 300 meters long across the main direction of ice movement during the last glacial period.
It seems each glacial period has lasted about 90,000 years and each interglacial about 10,000 years.