American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or occurring during the time following a glacial period.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In geology See Post-tertiary.
- Of or pertaining to any portion of Pleistocene time subsequent to the final recession of the continental ice-sheet.
- n. A sediment deposited under conditions consequent upon the retreat of a continental glacier.
- adj. Occurring after glaciation
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare, rare Formed or occurring after the last glacial epoch of the Pleistocene period, or at a locality within the area of Pleistocene glaciation after the final disappearance of the glacier from the locality.
- adj. rare Of, pertaining to, or designating, an epoch after the last Glacial and before the Terrace epoch.
- adj. relating to or occurring during the time following a glacial period
“As the ice mass decreases, the bedrock below the ice rises, which is known as postglacial rebound.”
“The massive sheer granite walls present a freshly glaciated appearance with little postglacial erosion.”
“Molecular phylogeography of '' Dryas integrifolia '': glacial refugia and postglacial recolonization.”
“This period, which is part of the late Quaternary Period, extends from the present back to the last glacial maximum (LGM), encompassing the Holocene, or postglacial period, that spans approximately the last 11,400 years.”
“There are many kettle (produced by the melting of buried glacial ice), moraine, and ice-scour lakes on the undulating terrain of postglacial arctic landscapes (e.g., the Canadian Shield, Fennoscandia, and the Kola Peninsula; ).”
“The development and properties of subsea permafrost are largely dependent on the detailed history of postglacial relative sea level.”
“In the early phase of the postglacial period (Holocene), 8000 to 6000 years ago, mollusks with affinities for ice-free waters were common in Spitsbergen and along the east coast of Greenland.”
“The Eurasian and Laurentide Ice Sheets were responsible for most of the glacio-eustatic decrease in sea level (about 120 m) during the LGM. The pattern of postglacial isostatic rebound suggests that the ice was thickest over Hudson Bay.”
“A history of sea ice in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago based on postglacial remains of the bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus).”
“New observations on the postglacial history of Tröllaskagi, northern Iceland.”
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