Xerothermic Period

xerothermic period

[¦zir·ə¦thər·mik ′pir·ē·əd]
(geology)
A postglacial interval of a warmer, drier climate. Also known as xerothermal period.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Xerothermic Period

 

a phase of the postglacial geological history of Europe with a warm and dry climate, chronologically corresponding to the end of the Atlantic and the beginning of the Subboreal period (4,000-5,000 years ago).

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