ice age


Definition of ice age

1 : a time of widespread glaciation
2 capitalized I&A : the Pleistocene glacial epoch

Examples of ice age in a Sentence

changes that occurred during the last ice age
Recent Examples on the Web The fossil-rich limestone of Mammoth cave has been known to contain fossils like ice age mammals and shark teeth and fin spines. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "40 different species of shark fossils found in Mammoth Cave," 15 Oct. 2020 Fossilized footprints in Saudi Arabia show human traffic on the cusp of a subsequent ice age. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Archaeologists Found 115,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Where They Shouldn't Be," 23 Sep. 2020 The new curve bumps the transition period at the end of the last ice age to 50 years earlier. Megan I. Gannon, Scientific American, "Long-Awaited Update Arrives for Radiocarbon Dating," 1 Sep. 2020 Previously, researchers have discerned century-scale jumps in CO2 only from ice samples representing the late stages of the most recent ice age. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Surprising pulses of ancient warming found in Antarctic ice samples," 20 Aug. 2020 Tyler Faith, an archeology and anthropology expert at the University of Utah who was not involved in the study, says this idea could possibly extend to other species that met their ends as the ice age melted away. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Climate change probably contributed to the woolly rhino’s rapid demise," 25 Aug. 2020 But before Anglo settlement, goats hadn’t inhabited Utah since the ice age at least 14,000 years ago when the landscape was much different. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah looks to expand mountain goat range, but at what cost to alpine landscapes?," 23 Aug. 2020 The team’s results show sudden pulses of CO2 occur not only as ice ages are waning, but can be triggered at any time during the ice age cycle. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Surprising pulses of ancient warming found in Antarctic ice samples," 20 Aug. 2020 New find suggests humans in North America pre-date the last great ice age. Devlin Gandy, National Geographic, "Surprise cave discoveries may double the time people lived in the Americas," 22 July 2020

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First Known Use of ice age

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ice age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ice age

: a time in the distant past when a large part of the world was covered with ice

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Kids Definition of ice age

: a period of time during which much of the earth is covered with glaciers

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