The Atlantic period is a post-Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) European climate regime. This refers to the period from about 6,000-3,000 BC that spans most of the warmest postglacial times. It is also known as the Postglacial Climatic Optimum.
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It was preceded by the Boreal period and followed by the Sub-Boreal period.
The Atlantic period is also part of the current geological epoch known as Holocene which began about 11,700 years ago (~9700BC) and continues up to the present.
Divisions of the Holocene
The principal divisions of the Holocene are:
- Pre-Boreal period (8300 to 7000 BC)
- Boreal period (7000 to 6000 BC)
- Atlantic period (6000 to 3000 BC)
- Sub-Boreal period (3000 to 1000-500 BC)
- Sub-Atlantic period (1000-500 BC to Present)
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