(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1983)

Document title

Vegetation and climate during the last glacial maximum in Japan

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The Japanese Archipelago was almost entirely covered by coniferous forests during the last glacial maximum. Northern Hokkaido was distinguished by coniferous parkland and tundra vegetation, while southern Hokkaido and northernmost Honsku were covered by northern boreal coniferous forests... The reduced mean August temperature inferred from the floral assemblages showed a latitudinal gradient 20,000 yr ago| it was 8-9C in northern Hokkaido, 7.7-8.7C in northernmost Honshu, 7.28.4 C in the central mountains, 6.5 C in the Chugoku District, and 56 C in Kyushu. The probable annual precipitation ranged from 1050 to 1300 mm along coasts in southwestern Japan during the culmination of the last glaciation.


Article of periodic

published at : Quaternary research New York

Editor :

Millesime : 1983, vol. 19, no2 [pp. 212-235]

Bibliographic references : 60 réf.



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