(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1988)

Document title

Particle motion and the theory of charcoal analysis : source area, transport, deposition, and sampling

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



The A. presents a theory of charcoal transport from fires and recently burned areas, and of charcoal deposition in lakes. It is a first approximation, this theory is not intended to be predictive for any particular fire. Rather, the A. seeks to explain in general terms why stratigraphic charcoal data have not produced the record of past fire expected from the physical processes presumed to be important by paleoecologists. He shows that results obtained by the two methods are reasonable in view of the physics of particle motion. He focuses on eolian processes, because surface runoff is not an important process for charcoal transport to lakes


Article of periodic

published at : Quaternary research

Editor :

Millesime : 1988, vol. 30, no1 [pp. 67-80]

Bibliographic references : 46 réf.



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