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The Vegetational History of the Killarney Oakwoods, SW Ireland: Evidence from Fine Spatial Resolution Pollen Analysis

F. J. G. Mitchell
Journal of Ecology
Vol. 76, No. 2 (Jun., 1988), pp. 415-436
DOI: 10.2307/2260603
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2260603
Page Count: 22
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The Vegetational History of the Killarney Oakwoods, SW Ireland: Evidence from Fine Spatial Resolution Pollen Analysis
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Abstract

(1) Pollen data from small hollows in two woods in the Killarney Valley are presented. These data illustrate woodland vegetation dynamics for at least the last 5000 years. Pollen-vegetation correction factors for the major tree taxa in Killarney are also presented. (2) The small hollow pollen data are compared with previously unpublished regional pollen data from Killarney. This comparison indicates that the regional pollen data lack sufficient spatial resolution to detect isolated woodland disturbances or establish past woodland composition. (3) The past woodland in Killarney was more diverse than today and Pinus was an important component. The reduction in diversity is associated with man-induced disturbance. (4) Historical documents are considered in association with, and independently of the pollen data, to quantify the more recent woodland disturbance in the Killarney Valley. (5) The status of the Atlantic bryophyte communities in the area is considered.

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