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Friday, 10 April 2015
The Ice Age - Glacial and Interglacial Stages
The last 2.6 million years or so is called the
During that time,
were times of extreme cooling of the Earth's
where ice sheets and other types of
expanded to cover large areas of land.
Between glacial stages there were warmer
, and we are now living during such a time.
There have been many
last 2.6 million years.
This useful chart shows the UK timeline for the later part of times.... 'ka' refers to 1000s of years. In other places, other names are used.
When people talk about the 'Ice Age', they are often referring to
the most recent glacial period
, which peaked about 21,000 years ago, and ended about 11,000 years ago.
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