These pages cover the glacial geomorphology of the Younger Dryas:
- Alpine icefield landsystem of Britain
- Cirque case study (Snowdonia)
- Cirque glacial landsystem of the UK
- Plateau Icefield Landsystem of the UK
The Younger Dryas Period
The Younger Dryas / Loch Lomond Stadial was an abrupt period of renewed cooling between 12,900 and 11,700 years ago and has long been associated with the regrowth of glaciers in much of upland Britain.
The Younger Dryas period was characterised by an abrupt return to severe cold conditions following ice sheet retreat when glaciers regrew, forming most significantly a large ice field running the length of the Western Highlands in Scotland.
This icefield was the largest of numerous satellite icefields, ice caps, valley glaciers and cirque/niche glaciers on several of the western isles and at other upland sites around Britain and Ireland.