An experimental approach to the palynology of cave deposits
Article first published online: 5 SEP 2000
Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Quaternary Science
Volume 15, Issue 6, pages 603–619, September 2000
How to Cite
Camacho, C. N., Carrión, J. S., Navarro, J., Munuera, M. and Prieto, A. R. (2000), An experimental approach to the palynology of cave deposits. J. Quaternary Sci., 15: 603–619. doi: 10.1002/1099-1417(200009)15:6<603::AID-JQS544>3.0.CO;2-F
- Issue published online: 5 SEP 2000
- Article first published online: 5 SEP 2000
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 JAN 2000
- Manuscript Revised: 27 DEC 1999
- Manuscript Received: 4 JUL 1999
- CICYT (Spain)
Surface sediment, speleothems, and bat guano from two adjacent, topographically different cave sites in eastern Spain have been studied palynologically to elucidate the potential of cave sediments for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. A cave opening with a large entrance and constant width presented far fewer problems of alteration in the pollen assemblages than a sac-like cave opening with a constricted entrance. Pollen concentration is linked primarily to the amount of pollen input rather than to the result of post-depositional alteration. Sampling should be undertaken away from parietal and rear areas and avoiding moisture zones. Lateral differences in the pollen spectra indicate that sampling should be on the basis of a multiple-profile approach and selection of dry rather than wet sediments. If these procedures are followed, within-cave sediments can realistically reflect not only local but also regional vegetation of the site. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.