Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Geography and Geology
Dr. Rolfe Mandel
The Holocene in the central U.S. is the period of time since the retreat of the last continental ice sheets. It has been a 10,000 year period of climate variability. In North America, Holocene climatic fluctuations have been detected in the paleoenvironmental record of the central United States. The most evident climactic fluctuation has been the mid-Holocene Climatic Optimum, or Altithermal. The Altithermal provided the warmest and driest post-glacial climatic conditions which lasted from ca. 8500-4000 years B.P.
Latimer, Raymond P., "Holocene Climatic Change in the Central United States Inferred from Paleoecological Data." (1990). Student Work. 3295.
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