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Occurring between glacial epochs.
A comparatively short period of warmth during an overall period of glaciation.


(ˌɪntəˈɡleɪsɪəl; -ʃəl)
(Geological Science) occurring or formed between periods of glacial action
(Geological Science) a period of comparatively warm climate between two glaciations, esp of the Pleistocene epoch


(ˌɪn tərˈgleɪ ʃəl)

1. occurring or formed between times of glacial action.
2. an interglacial period.
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If we switch quickly from fossil fuels, climates might come to resemble those of the interglacial warm periods that punctuated ice ages of the last two million years.
This period, known as the Holocene, was an"almost miraculously stable and warm interglacial equilibrium, which is the only state of the planet we know for sure can support the modern world as we know it.
Similar geologicalscenarios occurring during past interglacial periods are viable for large-scale submarine slides discovered in the region.
In fact during this time many cycles of glacial and interglacial breaks took place.
This well-published argument is based on last interglacial lithic similarities claimed between Arabia and East Africa, and it is carried further in the next chapter by Blinkhorn & Petraglia for South Asia.
We are currently experiencing an interglacial period, referred to as the Holocene, that began some 11,000 years ago, at the end of what is known colloquially as the Ice Age.
We refer to these as interglacial times, because we find glacial sediments above and below some of the fossil beds.
These factors would have been heavily influenced by climate and habitat, both of which were in constant flux during alternating glacial and interglacial cycles of the Pleistocene [Era]," Lee Arnold, from the University of Adelaide and one of the research's authors (http://theconversation.
But if SU1 is considered to be older than MIS 4 (coeval with MIS 6 Moscow stage in European Russia; late Saalian in Central Europe), sediments of MIS 5e Mikulino interglacial in European Russia (Eemian interglacial in Central Europe) are absent from the Kileshino outcrop.
This is the last interglacial period, when the North Atlantic was warmer, fresher and sea level was higher than it is today and looked a lot like what climate models predict it will look by the end of this century.
The oak has been recorded in British history since the interglacial period around 300,000 years ago.
During warm interglacial episodes, hyenas and hippos lived as far north as England; in colder periods, exotic species rendered Europe, in the words of this father-daughter writing team, "a woolly Serengeti on steroids.