Late quaternary palaeoenvironments at Vankervelsvlei, near Knysna, South Africa
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University of Cape Town
This dissertation outlines the results of a study undertaken to describe the environmental history of Vankervelsvlei, a schwingmoor-type bog near Knysna on the south coast of South Africa. The study relies heavily on the use of fossil pollen as an indicator of vegetation change from which environmental conditions are inferred. Several additional lines of evidence including sedimentological and geochemical data are used to corroborate pollen findings. The narrative of environmental change at the site has been compared with findings from other palaeoecological studies undertaken in the area. Particular reference has been made to the expansion and contraction of afromontane forest vegetation over time to add to existing knowledge of forest history in Southern Africa.
Irving, S. 1998. Late quaternary palaeoenvironments at Vankervelsvlei, near Knysna, South Africa. University of Cape Town.