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Late Pleistocene and Holocene Environmental Change on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington

  • Daniel G. Gavin
  • Linda B. Brubaker

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 222)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Natural Environment and Biogeography of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Daniel G. Gavin, Linda B. Brubaker
      Pages 3-36
    3. Daniel G. Gavin, Linda B. Brubaker
      Pages 37-47
  3. Postglacial Paleoclimate and Environmental Change on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Daniel G. Gavin, Linda B. Brubaker
      Pages 51-60
    3. Daniel G. Gavin, Linda B. Brubaker
      Pages 61-106
    4. Daniel G. Gavin, Linda B. Brubaker
      Pages 113-117
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 119-142

About this book

Introduction

Utilizing a paleoecological approach, this volume brings together decades of research on the modern natural environment of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. This review of past research on paleoenvironmental change since the Late Pleistocene presents paleoecological records of changing forest composition and fire over the last 14,000 years. This volume, and its conclusions, draws extensively from Dr. Daniel Gavin and Dr. Linda Brubaker’s study of five Olympic Peninsula pollen records.

The Olympic Peninsula is an ideal setting for studying the responses of ecosystems to past climate change. Located just south of the maximum ice-sheet extent during the Last Glacial Maximum, there is abundant evidence that it functioned as a glacial refugium; 29 taxa endemic to the peninsula likely persisted in such refugia. Furthermore, its uniquely steep rainfall gradient produces a wide range of habitats over short distances. A literature review, synthesis of published data, and close examination of the authors’ investigations of post-glacial climate and vegetation change, this book features detailed color maps and data graphics.

Keywords

Paleocology Pleistocene and Holocene climate and vegetation forest ecology natural disturbance regimes vegetation gradients

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel G. Gavin
    • 1
  • Linda B. Brubaker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA
  2. 2.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11014-1
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-11013-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-11014-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-971X
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