Little Ice Age


: an episode of glacial expansion whose maximum extension occurred in the 17th and 18th centuries

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Greenland Ice Sheet readvanced during Viking occupation of the eastern settlement and peaked in the Little Ice Age. Katie Hunt, CNN, 18 Apr. 2023 Volcanic eruptions during the High Medieval Period are thought to have triggered an era of global cooling called the Little Ice Age, which lasted from 1350 to 1850. Carolyn Hagler, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2023 The collective effect of the medieval eruptions on Earth’s climate may have led to the Little Ice Age, notes UNIGE. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 7 Apr. 2023 By 1750, the peak of the Little Ice Age, Glacier Bay was entirely filled with ice. Lesley Evans Ogden, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 In fact, there has been speculation that major volcanic eruptions during the High Medieval period may have contributed to the onset of the Little Ice Age (circa 1300-1850). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2023 The Little Ice Age has been variously linked to volcanic eruptions and solar activity—natural fluctuations unrelated to global warming today. Robert Kunzig, National Geographic, 13 Oct. 2020 Europe, with a population already under stress from war, famine, roaming bands of brigands, deforestation, and the beginning of the Little Ice Age, was devastated. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, 23 June 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Little Ice Age was in 1939

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“Little Ice Age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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