glaciation glaciation  /ɡ ˌleɪ ʃi ˈeɪ ʃən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the condition of being covered with glaciers or masses of ice; the result of glacial action
  2. (n) the process of covering the earth with glaciers or masses of ice

Usage(s):

  1. MacMillan hopes to find definite scientific data as to whether a new glaciation may be expected, but most geologists hold that it is too early to make predictions.
  2. The shift of the poles would explain remains of tropical vegetation found near the present poles and signs of glaciation found in the present tropics.
  3. For one thing, Milankovitch's timing of glaciation may be broadly correct, but major glacial episodes happen when his cycles call for minor ones, and vice versa.

News

  • Scientists cast doubt on theory of what triggered Antarctic glaciation

    Scientists have found geologic evidence that casts doubt on one of the conventional explanations for how Antarctica's ice sheet began forming. They report finding an ancient volcanic arc in the Scotia Sea that might have prevented the Antarctic Circumpolar Current from forming until millions of years after Antarctic glaciation began.
    on July 12, 2013     Source: Science Daily

Quotes

  • "The period of glaciation is over and a period of cooperation is beginning," comments Ziegler, who will present a report on his findings next year at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
    on Oct 29, 2007 By: Jean Ziegler Source: Swissinfo

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