Lacustrine sediment records contain a wealth of paleoenvironmental information. The main source of information on terrestrial vegetation change during the Holocene has been detailed regional analyses of pollen from terrestrial plants preserved in lacustrine sediments (Whitmore et al., 2005). The quantification and interpretation of pollen preserved in sediment has yielded valuable insights, such as the dynamic nature of the prairie-forest border in North America (Umbanhowar et al., 2006), the individualistic migration paths of tree species following deglaciation (Davis, 1981), and the potential responses of plant communities to future climate change (Williams et al.,...

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