Pollen analysis of a Quaternary peat sequence on Gough Island, South Atlantic

K. D. BENNETT*, K. ‐H GRIBNITZ, L. E. KENT

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Abstract

A peat sequence on Gough Island, South Atlantic, is described. The deposit is at least 43 000 years old, and may be early Quaternary in age. Pollen analyses suggest a flora and vegetation on Cough Island similar to those of today, supporting conclusions based on pre‐Holocene pollen samples from islands in the Tristan da Cunha group. The present flora has probably been on Cough Island continuously for at least the last 40000 years, and is not a Holocene immigrant flora.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-422
Number of pages6
JournalNew Phytologist
Volume113
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1989

Keywords

  • Gough Island
  • Late Quaternary
  • peat
  • pollen analysis
  • Tristan da Cunha Islands

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