Saturday 7 August 2010

Geological Terms

Refrigerium Interim

Geologists, geographers and meteorologists must have fun naming eras and features.

Atlantic Façade (seaboard)

Last Glacial Maximum

Little Climatic Optimum (followed by the Little Ice Age)

Maunder Minimum of the 17th cent

Messinian Salinity Crisis

Mohorovicic Discontinuity: The Mohorovicic discontinuity, which often is called simply Moho, is the boundary between the earth's basalt rich crust and the planet's underlying, iron rich mantle.

North Pacific Central Gyre (a confluence of ocean currents)

Oloololo Escarpment

Pontesford-Linley Fault

Refrigerium Interim (not an ice age, but the era between your death and the Day of Judgement)

Storegga Slide

Younger Dryas (also known as the Big Freeze) The Younger Dryas stadial, named after the alpine/tundra wildflower Dryas octopetala, and also referred to as the Big Freeze, was a geologically brief cold climate period following the Bölling/Allerød Interstadial at the end of the Pleistocene and preceding the Preboreal of the early Holocene. In Ireland, the period has been known as the Nahanagan Stadial, while in the UK it has been called the Loch Lomond Stadial and most recently Greenland Stadial 1. wiki

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