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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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Hambrey and Harland's (1981) very impressive Earth's Pre-Pleistocene Glacial Record compiled the known rock record but perhaps missed the opportunity to place it in the context of plate tectonics and emerging paleogeographic reconstructions.
1999) for whom 'the global distribution of glacial deposits of Neoproterozoic age suggests that the ice sheet of the time developed even to the equatorial area'.
At the conclusion of his lengthy review of Neoproterozoic glacial deposits, Schermerhorn commented on the myth-like nature of the concept of global glaciation.
Much fieldwork remains to be done on Earth's ancient glacial climates using well-tried uniformitarian principles embodied in sedimentary basin analysis.
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