Palynological evidence for a warmer boreal climate in the Late Pliocene of the Yukon Territory, Canada

Pound, Matthew, Lowther, Robert, Peakall, Jeff, Chapman, Robert and Salzmann, Ulrich (2015) Palynological evidence for a warmer boreal climate in the Late Pliocene of the Yukon Territory, Canada. Palynology, 39 (1). pp. 91-102. ISSN 0191-6122

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01916122.2014.940471

Abstract

The Late Pliocene (3.6–2.6 Ma) was a period of significant global warmth, considered a potential analogue for future anthropogenic climate change. Newly discovered fine-grained sediments from between the gold-bearing lower and upper White Channel Gravels show the presence of a wetland or lake within Bonanza Creek, Dawson Mining District, Yukon. This environment was surrounded by a diverse Pinaceae-dominated boreal forest with significant stands of angiosperms in favourable sites. Quantitative climate reconstructions derived from pollen and spores reveal a mean annual temperature at least 6 °C warmer than today with warm summers and relatively mild winters. Finally, the new pollen assemblage is used to discuss the age of the White Channel Gravels.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online ahead of print.
Subjects: F600 Geology
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: Ulrich Salzmann
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2014 15:08
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 11:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/17993

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