Kulturhistoriske perioder:Jægerstenalder, Ældre stenalder
Kulturer:Federmesserkultur, Brommekultur
Vegetation:Parktundra, Rensdyrtid
Jordens middeltemperatur vist over forskellige tidsintervaller, hvor Allerød-tiden ses.

Allerødtiden er en periode i slutningen af sidste istid, ca. 11.800-10.600 f.Kr. Det var en varmere periode mellem ældre og yngre dryas, hvor temperaturen var ca. 13°-14 °C. Betegnelsen er internationalt kendt i geologiske og arkæologiske sammenhænge.

Navnet stammer fra Allerød Teglværks lergrav. I juni 1897 udførte geologen Vilhelm Milthers og botanikeren Nikolaj Hartz detaljerede undersøgelser af lergraven. I de dybereliggende dele af graven, hvor man havde den mest komplette lagserie, fandt man et 5-30 cm tykt brunligt lag af organiske aflejringer (gytje) i leret. Dette lag viste, at dyr og planter som elg, ren, gedde, pil m.v. havde været på stedet, og da alle disse kræver varme, måtte der have været isfrit.

I hele perioden udøvede menneskene i Danmark en blandet skov- og tundrajægerlivsform. Perioden er stort set sammenfaldende med Brommekulturen (ca. 11.500 f.Kr. – 10.400 f.Kr.), men i periodens begyndelse fandtes også Federmesserkultur (ca. 12.400 – 11.200 f.Kr) og i slutningen også Ahrensburgkulturen (ca. 10.900 – 9.000 f.Kr). Under et udgør disse 3 kulturer en del af Ældste stenalder (ca. 12.800 f.Kr. – 8.900). Igennem hele perioden var Østersø-bassinet opfyldt af den Baltiske issø.

Subalpin birkeskov i Norge. Sådan kan det have set ud i Danmark i Allerødtid

Se også


Geologisk periode:Kvartær
Subepoke/epoke:← Sen PleistocænHolocæn
Istid/mellemistid:Weichsel-istidenFlandern-mellemistid (den aktuelle mellemistid)
← SenglacialPostglacial →
Kronozone:BøllingtidÆldre dryasAllerødtidenYngre dryasPræboreal tid
Kulturhistorisk periode:Ældste stenalderÆldre stenalder

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Summer landscape in the north boreal birch forest, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, altitude 320 m / 1000 ft, Evenes municipality, Nordland, Norway. The waterfall is Spruten. This waterfall is part of the protected Lakså river system, wich in the upper part include several small rivers and creeks, several lakes and salmon in the lower part of the river (not pictured). The mountain peaks reach up to 1050 m / 3500 ft. Adjusted exposure compared to earlier image uploaded.
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Forfatter/Opretter: Hannes Grobe/AWI, Licens: CC BY 3.0

The prelude, initiation and progression of the current ice age is shown in six different time slices of temperature change (180 Mio yr, 800 kyr, 150 kyr, 18 kyr, 1 kyr, 120 yr). The grey shaded box is the extracted time slice given in the following graf in a higher resolution. Start reading from upper right to upper left:

  • The decrease in temperature during the last 35 million years is due to changes in ocean current systems controlled by the movement and distribution of the continents (plate tectonic). This long-term cooling is the prelude to the ice age of the Quaternary.
  • Climate variations (glacial/interglacial cycles) during the ice age of the last 2 Million years are controlled by Milankovitch cycles in the earth orbit around the sun (excentricity, obliquity, precission).
  • The last glacial/interglacial cycles show a saw tooth shape - with a steep increase in temperature at the termination of a glacial and a slow cooling towards the following glacial.
  • The last glacial ended at about 18 kyr (21 calendar kiloyears before present), followed by a temperature increase of some degree up to the Holocene climate optimum, interrupted by a short cooling event (Younger Dryas).
  • The medival warm period is followed by the little ice age presumably caused by changes in the radiation of the sun.
  • During the last 100 years, a prominent temperature increase starting at the end of the 20th century calls for influence of mankind on climate caused by burning of fossil fuel.

Please keep in mind: All grafs are principle scetches and do NOT reflect the most recent knowledge of climate change in detail!

Detailed original description:

(1) Mean global temperature through the last 180 million years, derived from oxygen isotope analyses of various marine and terrestrial deposits (from L.A. Frakes, Climates Through Geologic Time, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1979). The present (ca. 1900) condition, for reference, is shown as a horizontal line. Of note are (1) a global cooling trend since the time of the Cretaceous, when global surface temperatures were 8-10°C warmer than today, and (2) the onset of a continuing series of deeper, periodic glacial/interglacial oscillations in the latest, Quaternary period. Also shown (dark band) is the range of modeled surface temperature based on a doubling of atmospheric CO2, projecting an increase from present values of about 2-5°C (Crowley, 1990 doi:10.1175/1520-0442(1990)003<1282:ATASGA>2.0.CO;2). Note that a different linear time scale is used for each of the three geologic divisions.

(2) Surface temperature through the last 850,000 years, derived from measurements of the ratio of 16O to 18O in fossil plankton which had settled to the sea floor and were recovered in a deepsea core from the equatorial Pacific Ocean (Shackleton and Opdyke, 1973 doi:10.1016/0033-5894(73)90052-5). The changes mainly reflect variations in global ice volume; the scale used here was added to show schematically the probable associated changes in global average surface temperature, based on a model-derived difference of 4-6°C between full glacial and full interglacial conditions (Clark, Carbon Dioxide Review, Oxford University Press, New York, 1982). The reference line at 15°C corresponds to surface temperatures of the modern era. The glacial/interglacial oscillations, characteristic of the Pleistocene epoch, are now thought to be induced by periodic variations in the orbit of the earth and in its axis of inclination (the Milankovitch effect), which act together to bring about systematic changes in the seasonal distribution of sunlight over the surface of the planet.

(3) Air temperature over Antarctica, expressed as a difference from the modern surface temperature value. These estimates are derived from hydrogen/deuterium ratios measured in an ice core from the Vostok station in Antarctica (Jouzel et aI., 1987 doi:10.1038/329403a0). Of note are the present (Holocene) and the preceding, somewhat warmer "Eemian" interglacial periods, each characterized by a rapid onset to an early interglacial maximum temperature,and a subsequent, slower decline. The glacial period between, called the Wisconsin glaciation in the Americas, is itself characterized by significant variations in temperature that fall systematically to a coldest extreme (maximum glaciation) about 20,000 years before the present (B.P.).

(4) Variations in surface temperature, estimated from a variety of sources, principally isotope ratios from Greenland ice cores, for the last 18,000 years. The onset and subsequent character of the present interglacial or Holocene epoch are depicted. Of note are century-scale oscillations in temperature, identified in the Greenland record and in certain European lakes, during the period of deglaciation between about 15,000 and 10,000 years B.P., and a broad Holocene maximum about 5000-6000 years B.P., when summer temperatures may have been 1-2°C warmer than the present era. At these expanded scales, the temperature excursions depicted in this and the subsequent graph are the most conjectural of the set (modified from J.T. Houghton et aI., Climate Change: The IPCC Assessment, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1990).

(5) Variations in surface air temperature estimated from a variety of sources, including temperature-sensitive tree growth indices and written records and accounts of various kinds, largely from western Europe and eastern North America. Of note is a possible protracted global warming through the Medieval period, when surface temperatures may have averaged about 0.3°C warmer than the A.D. 1900 reference. It was followed by a longer period of much colder conditions, loosely termed the Little Ice Age, when the estimated global mean temperature may have fallen about 0.6°C below the reference norm, reflecting global temperatures almost 1°C lower than the values attained during the middle of the current century (modified from a not-to-be-taken-literally schematic in Houghton et al., 1990).

(6) Globally averaged, direct measurements of the combined sea surface temperature and air temperature over the land, shown in this case relative to 1951-80. A stepped warming of about 0.6°C is evident, qualified in the consensus 1990 IPCC Report as 0.3-0.6°C to reflect uncertainties in the data used (from J.T.Houghton et aI., 1990).