Charcoal fragments in surface samples following a fire and the implications for interpretation of subfossil charcoal data

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Abstract

Following an uncontrolled fire in an area of heathland in SW England, surface samples were taken from selected positions. Charcoal concentrations, charcoal/pollen ratio and size-class frequencies were measured and the data from burned, unburned and forest areas are compared. Charcoal concentrations show distinct variability between closelyspaced samples, but despite this differences are shown between the burned and unburned areas. Selected size-classes are suggested as being appropriate for distinguishing between burned and unburned areas in palaeoecological studies. While in need of replication, these data should provide a basis for further studies of this type.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages10
JournalPalaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Volume164
Issue number1-4
Early online date13 Nov 2000
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2000

Keywords

  • Charcoal
  • Fire
  • Heathland
  • SW England

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Palaeontology

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