glacial period


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glacial period

1. any period of time during which a large part of the earth's surface was covered with ice, due to the advance of glaciers, as in the late Carboniferous period, and during most of the Pleistocene; glaciation
2. the Pleistocene epoch

glacial period

[¦glā·shəl ′pir·ē·əd]
(geology)
Any of the geologic periods which embraced an ice age; for example, the Quaternary period may be called a glacial period.
Generally, an interval of geologic time which was marked by a major equatorward advance of ice.
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Within this era there have been successive glacial periods, the latest of which rendered most of Europe completely uninhabitable, followed by much shorter, warmer inter-glacials, like the present one.
Using climate models to understand the physical processes that were at play during the glacial periods, the team were able to show that a gradual rise in CO.
Large population in lower altitudes during glacial period
The Pleistocene ice age is really a succession of 17 or more glacial periods separated by warmer times, called interglacial periods, when the ice retreats.
They have determined there were at least three major glacial periods occurring about every 10,000 years.
During the glacial periods, the winds whisked sediment out of the Basin.
Only in a few of them, such as Lake Kirikumae and Solova (Remmeski) Bog, postglacial sediments started to accumulate in the late glacial period (Pirrus 1969; Saarse & Rajamae 1997).
The nature and widespread occurrence of these coarse deposits in lower Amazonia preclude their interpretation as being solely due to steepening of the erosional gradient when sealevel was low during the last glacial period, but under a humid rainforest vegetation similar to that which covers these regions today.
In a move away from the mainstream, the author is more concerned about the beginning of a new glacial period that is aggravated by global warming.
In the paper the study of post-glacial sedimentary forms formed during the last glacial period in northwestern Poland are presented.
It seems each glacial period has lasted about 90,000 years and each interglacial about 10,000 years.