Pollen Grains in Lake Sediments: Redeposition Caused by Seasonal Water Circulation

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Science  15 Nov 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3855, pp. 796-799
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3855.796


Annual pollen deposition per unit area measured in sediment traps is two to four times greater than deposition measured in surface sediment cores. The difference is due to repeated redeposition of pollen from the sediment surface during seasons of water circulation. This process reduces variations in the percentages of different pollen types in sediment, but causes differences in the total amount of pollen accumulated in various parts of the lake basin.

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