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glacial

1. characterized by the presence of masses of ice
2. relating to, caused by, or deposited by a glacier
3. (of a chemical compound) of or tending to form crystals that resemble ice

Glacial

 

intervals of time in the geological history of the earth, characterized by a strong cooling of the climate and the development of extensive continental ice sheets.

glacial

[′glā·shəl]
(geology)
Pertaining to an interval of geologic time which was marked by an equatorward advance of ice during an ice age; the opposite of interglacial; these intervals are variously called glacial periods, glacial epochs, glacial stages, and so on.
(hydrology)
Pertaining to ice, especially in great masses such as sheets of land ice or glaciers.
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Thin, non-erosive ice would also account for the high degree of preservation of the structure rims on an otherwise glacially sculpted and eroded landscape.
For instance, economists have noted that the surprisingly slow adoption of leading-edge medical practices across the United States mirrors the glacially slow propagation of hybrid crop seeds a half-century ago.
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traces the processes that lead to the diversification of life forms on a number of taxonomic levels and discusses the glacially slow recovery of species diversity after major downturns and mass extinctions.
Far beyond anger at the glacially slow pace of prosecuting former president Hosni Mubarak and his apparatchiks, Egyptians are confronted on a daily basis with the unforgiving lead and steel of counter-revolutionary brutality, orchestrated by those with interests vested firmly in the resurrection of autocracy.
Mr Favas added: "If the eurozone crisis worsens, the first-time buyer market will seize up over the winter and become glacially slow.