The relationship between modern pollen samples and environment in the humid tropics region of northeastern Australia

A. Peter Kershaw, Dave Bulman

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    Abstract

    Pollen samples from moss polsters and litter were taken from 14 floristically-describes rainforest and marginal rainforest sites considered to cover a large range of existing environmental variation. One hundred and forty pollen types were identified of which only a small number could be related to parent species. However, a number of pollen types had systematic representation in relation to major environmental parameters, and pattern analyses revealed marked similarities in spatial distributions of sites based on pollen and species data. Site ordination demonstrated high correlation between pollen variation and annual and seasonal attributes of climate as well as soil fertility indicating the potential for refining palaeoenvironmental reconstructions from pollen diagrams produced from the region.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-96
    Number of pages14
    JournalReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology
    Volume83
    Issue number1-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994

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