Vegetation history

  • B. Huntley
  • T. WebbIII

Part of the Handbook of vegetation science book series (HAVS, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Background and Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eric C. Grimm
      Pages 43-76
    3. Matti Saarnisto
      Pages 77-112
    4. Patrick J. Bartlein
      Pages 113-152
  3. Late-tertiary and pleistocene vegetation history — 20My to 20Ky

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. William A. Watts
      Pages 155-192
    3. Linda E. Heusser, James E. King
      Pages 193-236
    4. A. P. Kershaw
      Pages 237-306
    5. Thomas Van Der Hammen
      Pages 307-337
  4. Glacial and holocene vegetation history — 20Ky to present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Brian Huntley
      Pages 341-383
    3. Thompson Webb III
      Pages 385-414
    4. Robert S. Thompson
      Pages 415-458
    5. Matsuo Tsukada
      Pages 459-518
    6. Henry F. Lamb, Mary E. Edwards
      Pages 519-555
    7. Matthew S. Mcglone
      Pages 557-599
  5. Smaller-scale studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 601-601
    2. William A. Patterson III, Andrew E. Backman
      Pages 603-632
    3. Karl-Ernst Behre
      Pages 633-672
    4. Richard H. W. Bradshaw
      Pages 725-751
    5. Judith Turner, Sylvia M. Peglar
      Pages 753-777
  6. Discussion

    1. Brian Huntley, Thompson Webb III
      Pages 779-785
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 787-803

About this book


The analysis of vegetation history is one of the prime objectives for vegetation scientists. In order to understand the recent composition of local floras and plant communities a second knowledge of species com­ position during recent millenia is essential. With the present concern over climate changes, due to human activities, an understanding of past vegeta­ tion distribution becomes even more important, since the correlation between climate and vegetation can often be used to predict possible impacts to crops and forests. I was very fortunate to receive the help of Drs. Webb and Huntley to compile this volume on vegetation history. They have collated an impres­ sive set of papers which together give an account of the vegetation history of most of the continents during the late-Tertiary and Quaternery periods. There are, however, gaps in the coverage achieved, most notably Africa, and Asia apart from Japan. The information in this book will nonetheless certainly be used widely by vegetation scientists for the regions covered in the book and much of it has relevance to the areas not explicitly described. The authors of the individual chapters have done their best to cover recent topics of interest as well as established facts. It is intended that a separate volume will be produced in the near future covering the vegetation history of Africa and Asia. I thank the editors of It fits well into the this volume for their commendable achievement.


Polle Vegetation climate climate change environment flora forest plant

Editors and affiliations

  • B. Huntley
    • 1
  • T. WebbIII
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Botony, Science LaboratoriesUniversity of DurhamDurhamEngland
  2. 2.Department of Geological SciencesBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7884-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3081-0
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