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Biomass burning in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea: natural and human induced fire events in the fossil record

Hope, Geoffrey; van der Kaars, Willem Alexander (Sander); Haberle, Simon


Microscopic charcoal preserved in sediments from ten wetlands in the Indonesian and Papua New Guinea region provide a proxy record of regional fire events during the last 20,000 years. Two periods of high regional charcoal frequency are encountered during the last glacial transition (17,000-9000 years B.P.) and the middle to late Holocene (5000 years B.P. to the present). Despite the presence of humans in the region throughout the last 20,000 years, there is no suggestion that, on a regional...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
DOI: 10.1016/S0031-0182(01)00248-6


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