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Interstadials are short-term (relative) warm periods between stadials (ice advances) within a glacial (cold period with strong glaciation).

The stadiums and interstadials of the last glacial ( Würm or Weichsel glacial ) can best be reconstructed , since their geological traces are better preserved than the previous glaciations. Within the Würm / Weichsel glacial complex, numerous stadials and interstadials are distinguished.

For example, Older Dryas (Stadial), Allerød-Interstadial and Younger Dryas (Stadial) follow one another . After this last stage of the Würm / Weichsel glacial complex, the interglacial of the Holocene , in which we live today, begins .

See also


  • Karl N. Thome: Introduction to the Quaternary. The age of the glaciers . Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1998 ( limited preview in the Google book search).

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