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Correlation of Marine and Continental Quaternary Pollen Records from the Northeast Pacific and Western Washington

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Calvin J. Heusser
Department of Biology, New York University, Box 608, Tuxedo, New York 10987 USA
Linda E. Florer
Department of Biology, New York University, Box 608, Tuxedo, New York 10987 USA


Late-glacial and postglacial pollen stratigraphy and radiocarbon chronology of a marine core from the continental slope and a core from the western Olympic Peninsula, ca. 110 km apart, are compared. Divisible into four pollen assemblage zones (L, P-1, P-2, and P-3), the cores exhibit a succession of correlative zonal prominences: grass-sedge (L), pine (P-1), alder (P-1-P-2 boundary), and hemlock (P-3). Volcanic ash of Mt. Mazama provenance is also correlative in zone P-2. Quantitative relationships of the pollen in the cores (relative and absolute numbers and pollen influx) are dissimilar, however, and are attributed to the influence of the Columbia River pollen load reaching the locale of the continental slope core compared with the local pollen rain influencing the Olympic Peninsula core site.

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University of Washington

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