Modern pollen deposition in Long Island Sound

Journal of Coastal Research
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Palynological analyses of 20 surface sediment samples collected from Long Island Sound show a pollen assemblage dominated by Carya, Betula, Pinus, Quercus, Tsuga, and Ambrosia, as is consistent with the regional vegetation. No trends in relative abundance of these pollen types occur either from west to east or associated with modern riverine inputs throughout the basin. Despite the large-scale, long-term removal of fine-grained sediment from winnowed portions of the eastern Sound, the composition of the pollen and spore component of the sedimentary matrix conforms to a basin-wide homogeneous signal. These results strongly support the use of select regional palynological boundaries as chronostratigraphic tools to provide a framework for interpretation of the late glacial and Holocene history of the Long Island Sound basin sediments.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Modern pollen deposition in Long Island Sound
Series title Journal of Coastal Research
Volume 16
Issue 3
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher Coastal Education and Research Foundation
Contributing office(s) Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 7 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Coastal Research
First page 656
Last page 662
Country United States
State Connecticut, New York
Other Geospatial Long Island Sound
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