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HemlockA Forest Giant on the Edge$
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David R. Foster, Anthony D'Amato, and Benjamin Baiser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179385

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179385.001.0001

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Prehistory to Present

Prehistory to Present

(p.44) ThreePrehistory to Present

David R. Foster

Yale University Press

For more than a century, scientists have analyzed bog and pond sediments to reconstruct past environmental changes and ecosystems. This chapter discusses the process of coring lake muds and using the records that emerge from these to reconstruct the historical dynamics of the forest environment and vegetation. It also discusses how data from land surveys and field studies of old-growth forests and tree rings yield insights into the composition and structure of forest vegetation from the time of European arrival forward.

Keywords:   bogs, pond, sediments, lake muds, coring, forest environment, vegetation, tree rings

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