The use of mineral magnetism in the reconstruction of fire history: a case study from Lago di Origlio, Swiss Alps

Gedye, S.J.; Jones, R.T.; Tinner, Willy; Ammann, Brigitta; Oldfield, F. (2000). The use of mineral magnetism in the reconstruction of fire history: a case study from Lago di Origlio, Swiss Alps. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 164(1-4), pp. 101-110. Elsevier 10.1016/S0031-0182(00)00178-4

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The use of magnetic measurements in the detection of fire signals has been neglected since the work of Rummery et al., (1979), yet considerable developments have been made in the interpretation of magnetic measurements over the last 16 years. This paper presents a study of the fire history of Lago di Origlio in the southern Swiss Alps. The study utilises the technique of mineral magnetism alongside the stratigraphic pollen, spore and charcoal records. Correlation between the various proxy records indicates that a magnetic ‘fire’ record is present within the sediments for the last 4 ka. The magnetic fire record has a distinct mineralogical and magnetic grain size signature that can be recognised against the background sedimentary signal. The results suggest that magnetic measurements may be usefully employed in the reconstruction of fire history. Their application is rapid and non-destructive and the results may provide additional information in relation to the links between catchment fire events and the sedimentary record.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Palaeoecology
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Tinner, Willy and Ammann, Brigitta

Subjects:

500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

0031-0182

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

12 Feb 2016 14:09

Last Modified:

12 Feb 2016 14:09

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/S0031-0182(00)00178-4

Uncontrolled Keywords:

charcoal analysis, fire history, mineral magnetism, pollen analysis, Southern Alps

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.75941

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/75941

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