Cohen, M. C. L., Guimarães, J. T. F., França, M., Lara, R. J. and Behling, H. (2009) Tannin as an indicator of paleomangrove in sediment cores from Amapá, Northern Brazil. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 17 (2). pp. 145-155. DOI

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Two sediment cores sampled from a varzea (N 02°34′38′′, W 50°53′17′′) and mangrove area (N 02°35′59′′, W 50°52′08′′) in Amapá littoral, northern Brazil, were studied through pollen and spectrophotometric analysis in order to compare biological and chemical signals of mangrove vegetation recorded by sediments during the late Holocene. According to the pollen study, probably the core base (145–65 cm) of varzea vegetation accumulated sediments devoid of vegetation. Later, this site was dominated by herbaceous vegetation and it concluded with a varzea forest. Based on spectrophotometric analysis, this core did not present significant tannin concentrations. This is likely due to the mangrove absence during the vegetation development at this site. The core sampled from a mangrove area also presented a relationship between palaeovegetation and the sediment biogeochemistry. However, the mangrove core presented significant tannin content along the mangrove phases. Thus, this spectrophotometric method supported by the pollen data may be considered as a complementary tool to identify palaeomangrove deposits.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Ecology > Mangrove Ecology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
ISSN: 0923-4861
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 12:55
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 13:00

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