from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • adj. Occurring between ice ages.
  • n. The relatively warm period between ice ages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In geology, formed or occurring between two periods of glacial action: as, interglacial beds; an interglacial period.


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inter- +‎ glacial


  • It is of further interest to note that, had a hypothetical homothere population become isolated in interglacial Britain, it may only have lasted for about 1000 years before become extinct due to inbreeding.

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  • During glacial periods and the short-term interglacial wet cycles in the late Pleistocene 10,000-20,000 years ago or later, Tulare Lake overflowed, and the resultant connections between the San Joaquin and Kern Rivers provided opportunities for trout to gain access to the Kern.

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  • Analysis of fossilised coral reefs off the Gulf of Mexico found many died during this time -- known to climatologists as an "interglacial" -- and were replaced by new reefs on higher ground.

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  • This concern developed a scientific gloss in recent decades, and it has been established that we are currently in an 'interglacial' - or warm - period between ice ages.

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  • Over the past million years, it has been as warm as this or warmer for less than 10% of the time, during 11 brief episodes known as interglacial periods.

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  • This has now been going on for 15,000 to 18,000 years, a life-friendly period known as an interglacial cycle.

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  • A loss of genetic variation could also have resulted from the shift in climate as Earth entered the so-called interglacial period, a boon for many animals, but not for the giant tuskers, the study said. - latest science and technology news stories

  • These warm periods, called interglacial periods, appear to last approximately 15,000 to 20,000 years before regressing back to a cold ice age climate. -

  • After all, Ice Ages were common in Earth's history; if anything, the warm "interglacial" period in which human civilization evolved, and still exists, is the exception.

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  • Every 100,000 years, for the last half-million years, we have a brief warm period called an "interglacial"

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