Reconstructing Quaternary Environments
This third edition of Reconstructing Quaternary Environments has been completely revised and updated to provide a new account of the history and scale of environmental changes during the Quaternary. The evidence is extremely diverse ranging from landforms and sediments to fossil assemblages and geochemical data, and includes new data from terrestrial, marine and ice-core records. Dating methods are described and evaluated, while the principles and practices of Quaternary stratigraphy are also discussed. The volume concludes with a new chapter which considers some of the key questions about the nature, causes and consequences of global climatic and environmental change over a range of temporal scales. This synthesis builds on the methods and approaches described earlier in the book to show how a number of exciting ideas that have emerged over the last two decades are providing new insights into the operation of the global earth-ocean-atmosphere system, and are now central to many areas of contemporary Quaternary research.
This comprehensive and dynamic textbook is richly illustrated throughout with full-colour figures and photographs. The book will be of interest to undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals in Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Geography, Geology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Archaeology and Anthropology
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... applications Plant macrofossil analysis Introduction The nature of plant macrofossils Field and laboratory work Data presentation The interpretation of plant macrofossil data Palaeoenvironmental applications of plant macrofossil ...
... of charcoal fragments and macrofossils of selected plant taxa in a lake sediment sequence in the North Cascade Range, Washington State, USA Recruitment pathways and processes by which plant macrofossil remains are delivered to lakes ...
... during the past 7.5 ka based on plant macrofossil evidence for increased bogsurface wetness Subfossil coleopteran sclerites recovered by flotation from peat deposits overlying a Bronze Age occupation site near Ballyarnet Lake, Co.
... by the Scandinavian botanists Axel Blytt and Rutger Sernander demonstrated the wealth of information on climatic and vegetational change that could be derived from the stratigraphy and macrofossil content ofpeat bogs (section 3.9).
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