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1 In general, any period of high temperature.

2 Often used to refer specifically to a period of time in the mid‐Holocene, between about 4000 and 8000 years ago, when the climate was generally warmer (particularly during summer) than before or since. This period is also known as the hypsithermal or Climatic Optimum.

Subjects: Environmental Science.


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