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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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Generally, forest loss has been a dominant feature of Europe's landscape ecology in the second half of the current interglacial, with consequences for carbon cycling, ecosystem functioning and biodiversity," lead study author Neil Roberts said in the university statement.
Rather, we have evidence for a very dynamic ice sheet that grew and shrank significantly between glacial and interglacial periods.
There is a direct relationship between hydrological and chemical changes in the Dead Sea over 220,000 years, a time interval covering two glacial and three interglacial periods on Earth, according to research conducted at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
An anticipated story about human evolution takes a rapid journey through plate tectonics, glacial and interglacial climate cycles, deep ocean circulations, orbital forcing and more.
Starting about 1,000,000 years ago, the Ice Ages lasted about 100,000 years --separated by a relatively short interglacial periods like the one we are living in at present.
Much of climate change is entirely consonant with natural climatic cycles in an interglacial period.
A sampling of subjects addressed include: ice age cycles, geographic changes, mapping past climates, the maturing of the greenhouse theory, measuring and modeling carbon dioxide through time, numerical climate models and case histories, the Holocene Interglacial, and more.
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.
In fact during this time many cycles of glacial and interglacial breaks took place.
We refer to these as interglacial times, because we find glacial sediments above and below some of the fossil beds.
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 tilt of the Earth's axis, the spin and wobble of our planet on its orbit, and the unaccountable fluctuations of the sun's energy output--all are part of the causes for the perpetual swing between glacial and interglacial climates.