Definition of interstadial in English:


Line breaks: inter|sta¦dial
Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈsteɪdɪəl


  • Relating to a minor period of less cold climate during a glacial period. Compare with interglacial.
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    • Between 20000 and 105000 BP the GRIP and GISP2 cores record 22 warm interstadial events reflecting extremely rapid climatic change in the North Atlantic.
    • The value of - 9 m for Robe Range relates to deposition during interstadial 5c rather than during the interglacial maximum.
    • Robe 11 and Robe III refer respectively to interstadial Substages Sa and Sc according to the terminology of Schwebel.


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  • An interstadial period.
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    • At Vostok, however, only nine interstadials are recorded in the same time period.
    • Data from the GRIP ice core from Greenland show that this cold period was not uniformly cold and 24 interstadials are recognized (DansgaardOeschger events).
    • And even the glacial periods themselves are divided into colder phases and temperate interstadials.


early 20th century: from inter- 'between' + stadial from Latin stadialis, from stadium 'stage'.

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