Definition of Elster in English:


Line breaks: El¦ster
Pronunciation: /ˈɛlstə


[usually as modifier] Geology
1A Pleistocene glaciation in northern Europe, corresponding to the Anglian of Britain (and possibly the Mindel of the Alps).
1.1The system of deposits laid down at the time of the Elster glaciation.
More example sentences
  • The sand and clay layers (Urk Formation, Late Pleistocene) overlying the Pot. Clay were formed during the warmer Holstein period following the Elster.
  • The evidence suggests three episodes are late Pleistocene (post-Elster).


1930s: the name of a tributary of the River Elbe in Germany.



Pronunciation: /ɛlˈstɪərɪən/
adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • Although several old gravels with glacial erratics are known, the oldest major glacial episodes with extensive till deposits are the Elsterian in northern Germany and the Anglian in England.
  • In order to simulate subglacial groundwater drainage under the Elsterian (ca. 500-400 ka PB) ice sheet in Poland, we have designed a complex numerical model using the FD MODFLOW code.

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