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ice age

noun, Geology
1.
(often initial capital letters) the glacial epoch, especially the Pleistocene Epoch.
Origin of ice age
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • But, details aside, the ice age now has full recognition from geologists as an historical period.

  • There was one ice age, and there is going to be another ice age.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • He also took up a much bolder attitude on the question of interglacial deposits and the relation of man to the ice age.

    James Geikie Marion I. Newbigin
  • Other factors since the ice age have altered or modified this glacial topography.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • It may be only a few hundred feet in length, or, as during the ice age, have an area of thousands of square miles.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • Consequently these areas were early opened at the close of the ice age.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • Armed with it he challenges Nature and goes through the ice age, which sets the boundary between the white man and the savage.

    Dry Fish and Wet Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
British Dictionary definitions for ice age

ice age

noun
1.
another name for glacial period
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ice age in Science
ice age  
  1. Any of several cold periods during which glaciers covered much of the Earth.

  2. Ice Age. The most recent glacial period, which occurred during the Pleistocene Epoch and ended about 10,000 years ago. During the Pleistocene Ice Age, great sheets of ice up to two miles thick covered most of Greenland, Canada, and the northern United States as well as northern Europe and Russia.


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