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The Holocene forest history of the Montes Universales, Teruel, Spain

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tony Stevenson


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A radiocarbon-dated peat core from Ojos del Tremedal, Montes Universales, Spain, provides insights into the dynamics of high montane forest communities in Central Iberia from the Lateglacial to the late Holocene. The Lateglacial landscape was characterized by grassland dominated by Gramineae, Cyperaceae and Artemisia, together with Juniperus, which was invaded from c. 9600 cal. BP by Betula and Pinus as climate conditions improved. Given the reduced role that Betula plays currently in the region, its presence throughout most of the Holocene suggests that the area experienced more mesic conditions until c. 2500 cal. BP. Distinct signs of human interference in the vegetation are apparent from c. 3500 cal. BP.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Stevenson AC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Holocene

Year: 2000

Volume: 10

Issue: 5

Pages: 603-610

ISSN (print): 0959-6836

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0911


DOI: 10.1191/095968300670543500


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