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Volume 7 (2010 / 2011): Article 11
Considerations for the preparation of peat samples for palynology, and for the counting of pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs.
by F.M. Chambers, B. van Geel and M. van der Linden
Published online: 15.09.2011
Peat deposits are valuable archives for studying palaeoclimate, the history of local and regional vegetation, and human impact. The most widely applied laboratory analytical technique has been palynology (pollen analysis), which is often limited to the study of pollen and a few easily recognisable spores; however, a variety of other microfossils can be studied in peat deposits and can provide information on past environmental conditions. Among the so-called non-pollen palynomorphs (NPPs) are fungal and algal spores that can be used as indicators for local hydrological changes and trophic conditions. This article provides an overview of aspects to consider and sample preparation methods for pollen, spores and other non-pollen palynomorph microfossils in peat deposits; advice on aids to pollen identification and counting; and a brief guide to the range of NPPs that can be counted from prepared subfossil-pollen microslides.
Chambers, F.M., van Geel, B. & van der Linden, M. (2011): Considerations for the preparation of peat samples for palynology, and for the counting of pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs. Mires and Peat 7: Art. 11. (Online: http://www.mires-and-peat.net/pages/volumes/map07/map0711.php)
IMCG and IPS acknowledge the work of the reviewers.