- (often initial capital letters) the glacial epoch, especially the Pleistocene Epoch.
Origin of ice age
First recorded in 1870–75
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Take the case of the American bison: The ice-age bison evolved into the Plains buffalo, Bison bison, perhaps 10,000 years ago.American Wilderness Faces the Firing Squad
July 6, 2014
Nor is there any sign of moraines, glacier-scorings or other traces of the ice-age.
The ice-age might once more be renewed and wipe out our civilization.The Spell of Switzerland
Nathan Haskell Dole
A full description of the effect of the great Ice-Age would occupy a volume.
We turn now to consider the effect of the great Ice-Age, and the relation of man to it.
The chief point to be determined is not whether man did or did not precede the Ice-Age.
- another name for glacial period
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- Any of several cold periods during which glaciers covered much of the Earth.
- Ice Age. The most recent glacial period, which occurred during the Pleistocene Epoch and ended about 10,000 years ago. During the Pleistocene Ice Age, great sheets of ice up to two miles thick covered most of Greenland, Canada, and the northern United States as well as northern Europe and Russia.
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