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Isolated remains such as former beaches and coral reefs have allowed the use of radiochemical methods to date the last interglacial period at about 12 000 years B P (S), but do not make it possible to establish a time series showing the evolution of the environment over a long period. It is therefore necessary to resort to cores drilled either on land, in bogs and lakebeds, or in the deep marine sediments of an oceanic environment. Unfortunately, these cores cannot be directly dated by radiochemical methods in a way which would permit the precise calculation of the length of the transitional period leading to th establishment of glacial conditions.

The thickness of the ice is exaggerated by two orders of magnitude relative to the horizontal dimension. The arrows show internal ice flow lines. The thin, horizontal lines symbolize annual layers that are stretched and therefore get thinner, as they sink into the ice sheet. The annual layers in an ice core (heavy vertical line), drilled far from the ice divide, were deposited the farther upstream from the drill site, the deeper their present position in the ice core. the drill site, if they are corrected for the total thinning of the layers since the time of deposition, and for the geographical variation of the accumulation rate upstream from the drill site.

Moisture. ,n. 1983 ' respective fringes of the Atlantic ocean: the western edge of the Atlantic was the first to be chilled whereupon insolation conditions then allowed the establishment of a cold and humid climate over North America and the development of ice sheets. In Europe, by contrast, continued high temperatures in the North East Atlantic contributed to the maintenance of an interglacial climate for several thousand years. Glaciation, and probably the development of the Scandinavian ice sheet, did not appear until the ice age was well established on the American continent and cold water had reached the European coast.

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