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History of the British Flora : Cambridge Science Classics - Sir Harry Godwin

History of the British Flora

Cambridge Science Classics

Paperback Published: 17th September 1984
ISBN: 9780521269414
Number Of Pages: 580

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The chief aim of this book is the reconstruction of the processes and events that have determined the present flora and vegetation of the British Isles, first of all through the long ages when natural conditions prevailed and cycles of glaciations and recessions and slow geological processes were in charge, and afterwards through the nearer and much shorter span of time during which, from the Neolithic onwards, human interference has progressively and severely altered the scene. This is an exercise in biogeography that Darwin called 'that grand subject, that almost keystone to the laws of nature'. But instead of adopting Darwin's conjectural approach, based largely on circumstantial evidence, what this 1975 second edition achieves is a factual reconstruction of events by records of the actual presence of individual species or genera, in large numbers, at particular sites and specified times through the geological and historic record.

Collection and Identification of Plant Remains
General considerations
Seeds, fruits and leaves, etc.
Wood and charcoal
Pollen as an index of presence
The Background Scale of Pleistocene Events
Glacial and interglacial periods
Radiocarbon dating
The Weichselian
Flandrian geological events
Climatic changes
Mire stratigraphy
Biological evidence
Pollen analysis
Primary divisions of the last fifteen thousand years
Recorded Sites
General comments
Scottish sites
Irish sites
Site record
The Plant Record
Introduction: explanation of conventions
Collected records
Pattern of Change in the British Flora
Floristic chances in the Tertiary period
The Ice Age and the interglacial periods: climate, soil and vegetation
The early Pleistocene
The Cromer Forest bed series
The Corton interstadial and the Hocnian stage: middle Pleistocene
The Ipswichian interglacial
Galcial stages: early and middle Weichselian
Glacial stages: late Weichselian
Phytogeographic synopsis
Floristic history in the light of Weichselian records
The beginning of the Flandrian period: the pre-Boreal period
The early warm period: the Boreal period
The thermal maximum and the Atlantic period
Prehistoric husbandry and the sub-Boreal period
The sub-Atlantic period and climatic deterioration
Regional differentiation, migration and survival
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ISBN: 9780521269414
ISBN-10: 0521269415
Series: Cambridge Science Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 580
Published: 17th September 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised