POLLEN RESEARCH, OVERVIEW
laboratory, Department of Quaternary geology, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
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Pollen analysis (palynology) is widely used in environmental reconstruction, enabling inferences to
be made concerning vegetation, climate, soils and human impacts upon landscape. Pollen grains are
preserved in various geological deposits (e.g. lakes, bogs and acid soils). They can be retrieved, identified
and interpreted through various techniques in the field, in the laboratory and in the later stages also by
statistical techniques. The results of a pollen analytical investigation are presented in a pollen diagram
which form the basis for the palaeoecological interpretations.
giving a biased impression of the flora.
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J. Peter Rasmussen -
Niels E. Poulsen, GEUS
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