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Origin and contrasting succession pathways of the Western Carpathian calcareous fens revealed by plant and mollusc macrofossils

Authors

HÁJKOVÁ Petra HORSÁK Michal HÁJEK Michal LACINA Adam BUCHTOVÁ Hana PELÁNKOVÁ Barbora

Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Boreas
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Citation
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1502-3885.2012.00263.x
Field Ecology
Keywords succession; fens; multi-proxy
Description Using plant macrofossil and mollusc analyses of 50 basal samples and three representative profiles we illustrate the most common developmental types of calcareous fens: (i) fens originating in the Lateglacial, having an open or semi-open character during the whole Holocene; (ii) open fens originating as wooded wetlands; and (iii) open fens starting their development de novo in the late Holocene. Human activities were responsible for the formation of a high number of calcareous fens, especially in the Outer Western Carpathians, and became important drivers of fen biodiversity development. Only a few recently existing calcareous fens contain old sequences of calcareous deposits.
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