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Occurring between glacial epochs.
A comparatively short period of warmth during an overall period of glaciation.
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(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
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(ˌɪn tərˈgleɪ ʃəl)

1. occurring or formed between times of glacial action.
2. an interglacial period.
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Quaternary geologists know well that changes in ocean circulation in the Younger Dryas resulted in a brutal cooling in Europe (and Atlantic Canada!) and that in the Sangamonian interglacial, sea level was about 6 m higher than during our present interglacial.
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Climate scientists have long puzzled over why Antarctic air temperatures have consistently correlated with C[O.sub.2] levels in the atmosphere over the past one million years, with both decreasing during glacial ice ages and increasing during interglacial periods.
The study also shows that when the last ice age ended and the much more humid interglacial period began, the plant composition on the Arctic tundra changed.
"The last tipping point in earth's history occurred about 12,000 years ago when the planet went from being in the age of glaciers, which previously lasted 100,000 years, to being in its current interglacial state.
Shorter interglacial periods, like the one Earth is in now, are relatively wet because less water is tied up in ice.
The glacial climate that predominated for most of that time was colder and drier, with strikingly larger variability over time, than the more benign interglacial (i.e.
We have been through several previous interglacial periods when our latitude became subtropical.