Definition of postglacial in US English:



  • 1Relating to the period since the last continental glaciation (the Wisconsin in North America), beginning with the sudden rise in temperature about 10,000 years ago.

    Compare with late-glacial
    • ‘Overburden soils include glacial and postglacial deposits and recent fill.’
    • ‘The earliest postglacial period in Japan, characterized by hunter-gatherer communities, conventionally divided into six main periods between 10000 and 300 BC.’
    • ‘He recognized that all of the beaches had been tilted by postglacial uplift (now attributed to isostatic rebound).’
    • ‘The widespread abundance of peatlands makes them valuable archives of past events for many periods in pre- and postglacial time and at differential spatial scales for most of Canada.’
    • ‘For most Pacific islands, postglacial isostatic effects led to a relative highstand of five to eight feet in regional sea level during mid-Holocene time, peaking perhaps 4,000 years ago.’
    1. 1.1as noun the postglacial The postglacial period.
      • ‘At a very generalized level, paleoenvironmental records for the Prairies concur in showing a broad three-part division of the postglacial.’
      • ‘Each of these trends has also been present for most if not all of the current postglacial.’