Late Holocene vegetation and environment at Cauduntou, west of Yangtze Delta, SW Jiangsu Province, East China

This study presents vegetation and environmental history of the Subboreal to Subatlantic periods for Cauduntou, located ca. 200km to the west of the southern Yangtze Delta, Southwest Jiangsu Province, East China

M. Okuda; Y. Sato; L.H. Tang; M. Takahashi; S. Toyama; A. Yano; H. Kitagawa; Y. Yasuda

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • This study presents vegetation and environmental history of the Subboreal to Subatlantic periods for Cauduntou, located ca. 200km to the west of the southern Yangtze Delta, Southwest Jiangsu Province, East China
  • No distinct influence of human activities is observed in the earliest Subatlantic palynoflora, showing that the mixed oak forest represents the natural vegetation of the Cauduntou area
  • Intense deforestation and spread of agriculture are recognised in the mid- to late Subatlantic period
  • Reduction of total pollen concentration results from increased erosion and sediment supply to the study site, as a consequence of loss of vegetation cover from the surrounding hills

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