The Onset of the Little Ice Age

  • Jean M. Grove


The Little Ice Age was a period several centuries long, within the last millennium, during which glaciers enlarged and their fronts oscillated about forward positions without retracting as far as the positions they occupied before the initial advance. The term refers to the behaviour of glaciers, not directly to the climatic circumstances that caused them to expand. It is required as a collective term for the advances of the last few centuries which left many distinctive traces in the landscape, especially in the form of moraine sets.


Tree Ring Antarctic Peninsula Radiocarbon Date Lateral Moraine Medieval Warm Period 
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  • Jean M. Grove
    • 1
  1. 1.Girton CollegeCambridgeEngland

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