Late Glacial and Holocene history of vegetation in Poland based on isopollen maps
Edited by: Magdalena Ralska-Jasiewiczowa
and Małgorzata Latałowa, Krystyna Wasylikowa, Kazimierz Tobolski, Ewa Madeyska, Herbert E. Wright Jr. & Charles Turner

(Holoceńska historia wybranych rodzajów drzew i krzewów na obszarze Polski na podstawie map izopolowych)

Monografia zawiera następujące rozdziały:
1. Introduction (M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, K. Wasylikowa);
2. On history of mapping the palynological data (M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa);
3. Betula L. - Birch (M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, A. Wacnik, D. Nalepka);
4. Carpinus betulus L. - Hornbeam (M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, G. Miotk-Szpiganowicz, J. Zachowicz, M. Latałowa, D. Nalepka);
5. Corylus avellana L. - Hazel (G. Miotk-Szpiganowicz, J. Zachowicz, M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, D. Nalepka);
6. Fagus sylvatica L. - Beech (M. Latałowa, M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, G. Miotk-Szpiganowicz, J. Zachowicz, D. Nalepka);
7. Hippophaë rhamnoides L. - Sea-buckthorn (K.M. Krupiński, K. Tobolski, M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, D. Nalepka);
8. Larix decidua Mill. - European larch (A. Wacnik, M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, D. Nalepka);
9. Picea abies (L.) Karst. - Spruce (A. Obidowicz, M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, M. Kupryjanowicz, K. Szczepanek, M. Latałowa, D. Nalepka);
10. Ulmus L. - Elm (J. Zachowicz, M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, G. Miotk-Szpiganowicz, D. Nalepka);
11. Typha latifolia L. - Bulrush, cat-tail (M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, K. Tobolski, D. Nalepka); Main pattern of palaeoecological events in the Late Glacial and Holocene:
12. Early Holocene (M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa),
13. Late Holocene (M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa).

The book is aimed to present the migration histories of all main trees and some selected shrub and herb taxa on the territory of Poland during the last 14,000 14C years BP (ca. 15,500 cal years) basing on isopollen maps. The area is particularly interesting in this respect due to its location in the transition zone between the atlantic and continental climate of Europe crossing with the southern and northern climatic influences.

The isopollen method was first proposed by Professor W. Szafer, a famous Polish botanist, palaeobotanist and plant geographer, 70 years ago (Szafer 1935). The method was, however, long forgotten due to the difficulties with dating and correlating pollen sequences. In the last decades, the development of dating methods and enormous advances in numerical techniques allowed Szafer’s isopollen maps to be turned into a precise tool to study the vegetation dynamics and make syntheses in the field of historical plant geography.

Twenty seven Polish Holocene palynologists have contributed to the preparation of the book. It presents dot and colour isopollen maps of 24 taxa of trees and shrubs and 14 herb taxa. The sets of maps for each taxon are described and analyzed, and supplemented with the short information about their present-day distribution in Europe and in Poland, their ecological requirements, pollen production and dispersal, and expansion in Europe during the Late Glacial and Holocene. The summary chapters discuss the processes of vegetational changes during the Late Glacial, Early Holocene, Mid-Holocene, Late Holocene and the youngest section of the Late Holocene showing the increasing human pressure.

The book is very useful not only for palaeoecologists and plant geographers, but also for archaeologists, forestry specialists, geographers and other representatives of earth sciences. It may help in mapping the potential natural vegetation and planning the recultivation of areas changed by human impact.




Kraków 2004; 444 s.; format: A4 (20,5 × 29,5 cm), ISBN: 83-89648-23-7
Cena:  125 PLN

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