Long-term persistence of Mediterranean pine forests in the Duero Basin (central Spain) during the Holocene: The case of Pinus pinaster Aiton

Morales del Molino, Cesar and Postigo Mijarra, Jose Maria and Morla Juaristi, Carlos and Garcia Anton, Mercedes (2012). Long-term persistence of Mediterranean pine forests in the Duero Basin (central Spain) during the Holocene: The case of Pinus pinaster Aiton. "The Holocene", v. 22 (n. 5); pp. 561-570. ISSN 0959-6836. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683611427339.

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Title: Long-term persistence of Mediterranean pine forests in the Duero Basin (central Spain) during the Holocene: The case of Pinus pinaster Aiton
Author/s:
  • Morales del Molino, Cesar
  • Postigo Mijarra, Jose Maria
  • Morla Juaristi, Carlos
  • Garcia Anton, Mercedes
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: The Holocene
Date: May 2012
ISSN: 0959-6836
Volume: 22
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: historical biogeography, Iberian Peninsula, macrofossils, palaeoecology, soil charcoal analysis, vegetation history
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes (UPM)
Department: Silvopascicultura [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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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.

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Item ID: 10822
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/10822/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:10822
DOI: 10.1177/0959683611427339
Official URL: http://hol.sagepub.com/content/22/5/561.abstract
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 08 May 2012 10:23
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 19:02
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