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Alaska Quaternary Climate History

Loess and eolian sand are really the most important surficial deposits in Alaska These deposits record past periods of rapid dust or sand deposition under cold, dry, windy conditions. If sources of loess and sand can be inferred, they also record past wind directions. Buried soils found within eolian deposits record past periods of landscape stability. Morphology and chemical properties of buried soils can yield information about past vegetation.

Research on late Quaternary climate and ecosystem history of Alaska, with an emphasis on vegetation history reconstructed from pollen analysis and radiocarbon dating.

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Status: Complete
Start Date: 2002/09/30
Type: Project
End Date: 2010/09/29
Primary Contact
Ager, Thomas A.
Work: (303) 236-5728
Other Contacts
Ager, Thomas A.
Work: (303) 236-5728
Primary Agency
US Geological Survey

Other Agencies
US Geological Survey, Idaho State University, Northern Arizona University, Oregon State, USDA Forest Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Lehigh University, US Fish and Wildlife Service, University of New Brunswick

Alaska, Northslope Borough

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