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Meaning of glacial epoch

gla'cial ep"och

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  1. Also calledthe geologically recent Pleistocene Epoch, during which much of the Northern Hemisphere was covered by great ice sheets.
  2. any one of the Permian, Carboniferous, Cambrian, or Precambrian glaciations.
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