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Pertaining to or formed during a period of geologic time between two successive glacial epochs or between two glacial stages.
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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.
Climatostratigraphy of interglacials in Poland: Middle and Upper Pleistocene lower boundaries from Polish perspective, Quaternary International 292: 113-123.
In the medial segment of the OWC (Gorce Mts.), rates of dissection during successive interglacial stages (Cromerian Complex through Eemian) increased from 0.12-0.14 mm/yr to 0.30-0.36 mm/yr (Olszak, 2009).
2002), others reflect a two-step event (called Zeifen-Kattegat oscillation), where warm conditions were interrupted by a cold dry oscillation preceding the Eemian Interglacial (Seidenkrantz 1993; Seidenkrantz et al.
Here, fossilised giant clams, which lived during a 40 000-year-long interglacial period known as Marine Isotope Stage 11 (MIS 11), can be found in ancient reef beds uplifted by geological processes to some 1200 metres above sea level.
Beyond that, recent advances in luminescence and uranium series methods are beginning to provide the basis of a robust chronology in terrestrial sequences back to the Last Interglacial (120-135 ka).
The role of the ocean in providing heat to high latitudes during deglacial and interglacial times may be crucial in prolonging interglacials and making them more extreme.
In order to quantify the climate differences associated with the variable interglacial intensities, four warm phases were investigated in detail: the two youngest, "normal" interglacials, since 12,000 years and about 125,000 years ago, and two of the "super" interglacials, about 400,000 and about 1.1 million years ago.
Broecker also points out that loess, which was generated in copious amounts during the peaks of the glacial periods, wasn't produced during interglacials.