interglacial

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interglacial

a period of warmer climatic conditions between two glaciations.
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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.
Pleistocene interglacials and glaciations of northeastern Poland compared to neighbouring areas, Quaternary International 149(1): 12-23.
The current "interglacial" that we are experiencing could someday come to an end, and continental ice sheets could once again advance to cover Canada, the northern United States, much of Europe, etc.
Data collected by Wojcik (2003) in the Jaslo-Sanok Depression point to a more complicated history: the rates of strath dissection tended to increase during interglacials (0.2-0.65 mm/yr, averaging 0.04-0.12 mm/yr between Elsterian-2 and Recent), although showing decreasing intensity in successively younger Pleistocene stages.
Paleoclimatologists have traditionally used the distinctive glacial--interglacial [delta][sup.18]O changes recorded in the fossil shells of benthic foraminifera (higher values in glacial and lower values in interglacials) to temporally align climate records, assuming that large [delta][sup.18]O changes represent synchronous change in the [sup.18]O/[sup.16]O of sea water in response to both temperature and ice volume variability (Lisiecki and Raymo 2005; Fig.
Also, the researchers report, interglacial periods between 800,000 and 400,000 years ago weren't as warm as those that have occurred more recently.
In order to reconstruct the climate of past interglacial periods, she had visited Henderson Island, in the far south-eastern Pacific Ocean, to collect 330 000- and 630 000-year-old fossil corals for climate studies.
However, the work of the brilliant Scotsman James Croll in the 1880s showed how orbital eccentricities had a marked effect on the amount of solar radiation received on earth, and could account for glacials and interglacials.
However, the scenario of cold, dry glacials, and warm, wet interglacials is rather too simplistic.
In contrast, the other example is of global significance: the problem of glacials and interglacials. The book discusses the important topic of glacial cycles--a topic of great interest to many people in different fields.