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Research Publications in journals:
Long-term persistence of Mediterranean pine forests in the Duero Basin (central Spain) during the Holocene: The case of Pinus pinaster Aiton
Year:2012
Research Areas
  • Biodiversity,
  • Terrestial ecosystem,
  • Meditarranean forest,
  • Natural forest,
  • Botany,
  • Phytogeography,
  • Palynology,
  • Palaeobotany,
  • Plant ecology,
  • Anthropogenic impact on ecosystems
Information
Abstract
In the southern Duero Basin of central Spain, there are vast areas of aeolian sand sheets and dune fields. A comprehensive survey of the sand quarries in this area identified a number of palaeosols in sedimentary sequences. The identification and AMS radiocarbon dating of soil charcoal fragments collected in these palaeosols indicate the persistence of Pinus pinaster in this area throughout most of the Holocene. Although potential natural vegetation models have usually considered the Pinus pinaster forests in this inland area of artificial origin, soil charcoal analysis provides firm evidence of a natural origin. Our data fit perfectly with the pattern of Holocene vegetation development for inland areas of Iberia, which are characterised by stability of pine forests throughout the Holocene. Finally, the growing body of palaeobotanical evidence from Iberia (macrofossils and pollen) is contributing to improve our knowledge of P. pinaster ecology, showing that this species has been present in most Iberian regions during the Holocene, where it has inhabited areas characterised by a very diverse set of climatic and soil conditions.
International
Si
JCR
Si
Title
The Holocene
ISBN
0959-6836
Impact factor JCR
2,772
Impact info
8 out of 42 in Geography, Physical; 23 out of 167 in Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Volume
22
DOI: 10.1177/0959683611427339
Journal number
From page
561
To page
570
Month
MAYO
Ranking
Participants
  • Autor: Cesar Morales Del Molino (UPM)
  • Autor: Jose Maria Postigo Mijarra (UPM)
  • Autor: Carlos Morla Juaristi (UPM)
  • Autor: Mercedes García Antón (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Historia y dinámica del paisaje vegetal
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