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A 370,000 year record of vegetation and fire history around Lake Titicaca (Bolivia/Peru)

Hanselman, Jennifer A.; Bush, Mark B.; Gosling, William D.; Collins, Aaron; Knox, Christopher; Baker, Paul A. and Fritz, Sheri C. (2011). A 370,000 year record of vegetation and fire history around Lake Titicaca (Bolivia/Peru). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 305(1-4) pp. 201–214.

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Fossil pollen and charcoal analyses of sediments from Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia, provide a record of palaeoclimatic variation spanning four full glacial cycles. Pollen, aquatic microfossils, and charcoal, as well as previously published data including diatom assemblages, carbonate content, and stable carbon isotopic ratios of organic carbon, indicate that interglacials were warm and dry whereas the peaks of glacials were cold and wet. Each of the interglacials documented in the record are somewhat different, with those of MIS 5e and MIS 9 inducing lower lake levels and a drier vegetation signature than those of MIS 7 and 1. The presence of charcoal particles in sediments deposited during previous interglacials provides evidence of the long-term role of fire in shaping Andean ecosystems.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0031-0182
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetATM 0317539NSF
Not SetAGS 0602329NSF
Not SetEAR 0602154NSF
Keywords: Andes; climate change; fire; fossil pollen; fossil charcoal; interglacial
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 28501
Depositing User: William Gosling
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2011 10:04
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 10:01
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