Definition of Elster in English:

Elster

Line breaks: El¦ster
Pronunciation: /ˈɛlstə
 
/

noun

[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).

Derivatives

Elsterian

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.

Origin

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

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