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Absence of Last Glacial Maximum Records in Lowland Tropical Forests

  • Marie-Pierre Ledru (a1), Jacques Bertaux (a1), Abdelfettah Sifeddine (a1) and Kenitiro Suguio (a2)

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Environmental conditions of the lowland tropical forests during the last glacial maximum (LGM) between ca 20,000 and 18,000 14C yr B.P., are reevaluated in terms of dating control and lithology analyzed in seven pollen records from South America. The reevaluation shows that probably in none of the published records are LGM sediments present or abundant. This conclusion is based on the occurrence of abrupt lithologic changes coupled with changes in sedimentation rate interpolated from radiocarbon dates. These findings suggest that the LGM was represented probably by a hiatus of several thousand years, indicative of drier climates than before or after.

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Absence of Last Glacial Maximum Records in Lowland Tropical Forests

  • Marie-Pierre Ledru (a1), Jacques Bertaux (a1), Abdelfettah Sifeddine (a1) and Kenitiro Suguio (a2)

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