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Pertaining to a period during a glacial stage in which the ice retreated temporarily.
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a period characterized by a slight warming in the climate and a considerable reduction in ice sheets between two stages of their advance during a glaciation in the Anthropogenic (Quaternary) period.

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If the material recovered is gravel, the recovered taxa suggest that the vegetation at or near the Newport locality during the early part of the Plum Point Interstadial had a boreal forest affinity.
In the warmer interstadial periods, regions such as the Caucasus and southern Europe would have provided inviting venues.
Zone X, coincides with the late pleniglacial and with the local Philippi interstadial. This interstadial correlates with the Lascaux of northwest Europe (Wijmstra, 1969).
Although there is no chronometric information at present for this deposit, or the Mousterian occupation associated with it, it is obvious that the last phase in the formation of terraces would have occurred during a Wurmian interstadial, belonging to OIS 3.
The commonly accepted model designates at least five till beds macroscopically distinguishable in glacial accumulative heights and buried bedrock valleys, occasionally separated from each other by Karukula (Holsteinian) and Prangli (Eemian) interglacial deposits or interstadial beds (Liivrand 1991; Raukas & Kajak 1995, 1997).
The stratigraphic data, plus the associated fossil flora and fauna, and attempted dating suggest a Pleistocene age of pre-late Wisconsinan, representing at least an interstadial if not an interglacial biota.
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Suggate (1965) described the interstadial period between the deposition of the 2 loess mantles as being `comparable with, if not longer than the postglacial warming', which therefore allows sufficient time for weathering of the second loess layer and for the erosion events required to form the colluvial deposits between the 2 loess layers.
It is acknowledged, however, that refinements in the criteria (e.g., chronological and ecological) for distinguishing between Sangamonian interglacial and early Wisconsinan interstadial deposits may necessitate a younger age assignment of the Iron Bridge local fauna.
Additionally, the runoff, soil erosion and allogenic input into the lake basin have been detected during colder periods, and pedogenesis--under the humid, interstadial conditions (Hosek et al.
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