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Volume 1 (2006): Article 4
Causes of degradation and erosion of a blanket mire in the southern Pennines, UK
by D.E. Yeloff, J.C. Labadz and C.O. Hunt
Published online: 14.02.2006
This study investigates the causes of erosion and degradation of March Haigh, a blanket mire in the southern Pennines (UK), over a period of 160 years starting in 1840 AD. Peat samples taken from the site were dated using 210Pb; their humification and magnetic susceptibility were measured; and they were examined for pollen, plant macrofossils and microscopic charcoal. Stratigraphic correlation with a dated ‘master’ sample was achieved using indicators of air pollution (magnetic susceptibility) and climate (peat humification). The data were used in conjunction with documentary records to reconstruct past variations in grazing pressure, climate, moorland fires and air pollution. Three major vegetation changes have occurred on the moorland since 1840, namely:
Yeloff, D.E., Labadz, J.C. & Hunt, C.O. (2006): Causes of degradation and erosion of a blanket mire in the southern Pennines, UK. Mires and Peat 1: Art. 4. (Online: http://www.mires-and-peat.net/pages/volumes/map01/map0104.php)
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