The reconstruction of late quaternary vegetation and climatic patterns on the Cape West Coast, using a charcoal sequence from Elands Bay Cave

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Cowling, Richard M en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Parkington, John en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Richardson, David Mark en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Allsopp, Janet Christine Natalie en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-24T09:15:12Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-24T09:15:12Z
dc.date.issued 1998 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Allsopp, J. 1998. The reconstruction of late quaternary vegetation and climatic patterns on the Cape West Coast, using a charcoal sequence from Elands Bay Cave. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19817
dc.description Bibliography: pages 118-133. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract A taxonomically well resolved sequence of charcoal spanning the past 40 000 years from the Elands Bay Cave was used in this thesis to achieve two main objectives: firstly to determine the plant communities which occurred in the past to compare these to extant communities, and secondly to predict past climates by using extant species-climate relationships. This quantitative approach in predicting past climates is novel in the western Cape. Two scales of study were used, a local and a regional scale. The study area used in the local approach was a block of land in the surrounds of the cave where the present-day distributions of the species (that occurred in the charcoal) could be sampled. A larger study area including the whole of South Africa was also used as a study area so as to determine the distribution of species that do not occur on the Cape west coast today, and also to sample a wider suite of climatic conditions. A classification of the past, present and combined data was conducted in order to document the change in communities over time. Ordination techniques were used to asses the environmental variables controlling the distribution of species in the landscape. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Botany en_ZA
dc.title The reconstruction of late quaternary vegetation and climatic patterns on the Cape West Coast, using a charcoal sequence from Elands Bay Cave en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Biological Sciences en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Allsopp, J. C. N. (1998). <i>The reconstruction of late quaternary vegetation and climatic patterns on the Cape West Coast, using a charcoal sequence from Elands Bay Cave</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Biological Sciences. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19817 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Allsopp, Janet Christine Natalie. <i>"The reconstruction of late quaternary vegetation and climatic patterns on the Cape West Coast, using a charcoal sequence from Elands Bay Cave."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Biological Sciences, 1998. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19817 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Allsopp JCN. The reconstruction of late quaternary vegetation and climatic patterns on the Cape West Coast, using a charcoal sequence from Elands Bay Cave. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Biological Sciences, 1998 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19817 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Allsopp, Janet Christine Natalie AB - A taxonomically well resolved sequence of charcoal spanning the past 40 000 years from the Elands Bay Cave was used in this thesis to achieve two main objectives: firstly to determine the plant communities which occurred in the past to compare these to extant communities, and secondly to predict past climates by using extant species-climate relationships. This quantitative approach in predicting past climates is novel in the western Cape. Two scales of study were used, a local and a regional scale. The study area used in the local approach was a block of land in the surrounds of the cave where the present-day distributions of the species (that occurred in the charcoal) could be sampled. A larger study area including the whole of South Africa was also used as a study area so as to determine the distribution of species that do not occur on the Cape west coast today, and also to sample a wider suite of climatic conditions. A classification of the past, present and combined data was conducted in order to document the change in communities over time. Ordination techniques were used to asses the environmental variables controlling the distribution of species in the landscape. DA - 1998 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1998 T1 - The reconstruction of late quaternary vegetation and climatic patterns on the Cape West Coast, using a charcoal sequence from Elands Bay Cave TI - The reconstruction of late quaternary vegetation and climatic patterns on the Cape West Coast, using a charcoal sequence from Elands Bay Cave UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19817 ER - en_ZA


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