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Title: Expected trends and surprises in the Lateglacial and Holocene vegetation history of the Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands
Authors: Fernández, S
González-Sampériz, P
Gil-Romera, G
Badal, E
Carrión-Marco, Y
López-Merino, L
López-Sáez, JA
Fierro, E
Burjachs, F
Keywords: Palaeoecology;Palaeogeography;Palaeobotany;Iberia;Quaternary;Holocene
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 162, 458 - 475, 2010
Abstract: Recent, high-resolution palaeoecological records are changing the traditional picture of post-glacial vegetation succession in the Iberian Peninsula. In addition to the influence of Lateglacial and Early Holocene climatic changes, other factors are critical in the course of vegetation development and we observe strong regional differences. The floristic composition, location and structure of glacial tree populations and communities may have been primary causes of vegetation development. Refugial populations in the Baetic cordilleras would have been a source, but not the only one, for the early Lateglacial oak expansions. From Mid to Late Holocene, inertial, resilient, and rapid responses of vegetation to climatic change are described, and regional differences in the response are stressed. The role of fire, pastoralism, agriculture, and other anthropogenic disturbances (such as mining), during the Copper, Bronze, Iberian, and Roman times, is analysed. The implications of ecological transitions in cultural changes, especially when they occur as societal collapses, are discussed.
Description: This is the post-print version of the final paper published in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. The published article is available from the link below. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. Copyright @ 2010 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0034-6667
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