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Holocene environmental changes in lily lake minnesota usa inferred from fossil diatom and pollen assemblages

Holocene environmental changes in lily lake minnesota usa inferred from fossil diatom and pollen assemblages

Quaternary Research (Orlando) 30(1): 53-66

A postglacial core was taken from Lily Lake, a soft-water lake, located on carbonate-poor till in eastern Minnesota. Pollen analysis allowed the reconstruction of watershed vegetation change. Diatom assemblages from the core were compared with 255 surface sediment assemblages from Minnesota, Maine, Labrador, and the Canadian arctic. Late-glacial assemblages were similar to Canadian arctic lakes. During the mid-postglacial period of warmer and drier climate, fossil diatom assemblages at Lily Lake were similar to those in the surface sediment of modern eutrophic hardwater lakes in Central Minnesota. The shift to hardwater diatom assemblages coincided with a shift to prairie species in fossil pollen assemblages at about 8000 yr B.P. At about 3400 year B.P. the fossil diatom assemblage that characterized presettlement times was established.

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