Plant macrofossil methods and studies: Mire and Peat Macros

Dmitri Mauquoy, B. Van Geel

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A range of mire and peat macrofossils which can be found in northwest European peat bog (ombrotrophic) and fen (minerotrophic peatland) deposits are illustrated in an extensive series of figures. Methodologies commonly used to pretreat samples are described, in addition to the paleoecological indicator value of a wide selection of botanical/zoological macrofossils. Applications of mire and peat macrofossil analyses in Holocene environmental reconstructions are reviewed briefly. These include paleoclimate reconstructions, peatland carbon accumulation rate studies, and the nature of successional processes in peatlands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science
EditorsScott A. Elias
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
PublisherElsevier Science
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-0444527479
ISBN (Print)044451919X , 978-0444519191
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • holocene
  • climate change
  • fen
  • plant macrofossils
  • mire development
  • paleoecology
  • peat stratigraphy
  • raised peat bog
  • Sphagnum


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