Origin and definition

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Origin and definition The last glacial period is sometimes colloquially referred to as the "last ice age", though this use is incorrect because an ice age is a longer period of cold temperature in which ice sheets cover large parts of the Earth, such as Antarctica. Glacials, on the other hand, refer to colder phases within an ice age that separate interglacials . Thus, the end of the last glacial period is not the end of the last ice age. The end of the last glacial period was about 12,500 years ago, while the end of the last ice age may not yet have come: little evidence points to a stop of the glacial-interglacial cycle of the last million years. The last glacial period is the best-known part of the current ice age, and has been intensively studied in North America, northern Eurasia, the Himalaya and other formerly
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Unformatted text preview: glaciated regions around the world. The glaciations that occurred during this glacial period covered many areas, mainly on the Northern Hemisphere and to a lesser extent on the Southern Hemisphere . They have different names, historically developed and depending on their geographic distributions: Fraser (in the Pacific Cordillera of North America ), Pinedale , Wisconsinan or Wisconsin (in central North America ), Devensian (in the British Isles ), Midlandian (in Ireland ), Würm (in the Alps ), Mérida (in Venezuela ), Weichselian (in Scandinavia and Northern Europe ), Vistulian (in northern Central Europe ), Valdai in Eastern Europe and Zyryanka in Siberia , Llanquihue in Chile , and Otira in New Zealand ....
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