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1Relating to or denoting the penultimate Pleistocene glaciation in Britain, identified with the Saale of northern Europe (and perhaps the Riss of the Alps).
- ‘It is uncertain whether the ice during the Wolstonian stage affected the region.’
- ‘The Wolstonian loess is mineralogically different from the Devensian, but it has been more strongly weathered and its origin is uncertain.’
- ‘Scourse therefore suggested that the sequence might be attributable to sediments deposited at the end of an interglacial, or possibly during an interstadial within the Wolstonian cold stage.’
- ‘This trough subsequently formed a lake basin which filled with sediment during the entire interglacial and part of the ensuing Wolstonian glacial stage.’
- ‘The drift sequences in Northamptonshire are usually attributed to the Wolstonian glacial cycle, as the county lay some distance south of the maximum advance of the Devensian ice sheets.’
- 1.1as noun the Wolstonian The Wolstonian glaciation or the system of deposits laid down during it.
1960s: from Wolston, the name of a village in Warwickshire, + -ian.
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