Late-Quaternary Environmental and Ecological History of the Arctic Foothills, Northern Alaska

W. Wyatt Oswald, Linda B. Brubaker, Feng Sheng Hu, George W. Kling

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This chapter summarizes the environmental and ecological history of the Arctic Foothills in Northern Alaska. It characterizes the responses of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to climatic changes of the past ~30,000 years. It highlights pollen records of changing vegetation composition which are abundant in the arctic foothills in studying responses to climate change. It describes the paleo-environmental environment across four periods: Glacial Interval (~27,000-15,000 yr BP), Late Glacial (~15,000-11,500 yr BP), Early Holocene (~11,500-7,500 yr BP), and Middle to Late Holocene (~7,500 yr BP to present).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlaska's Changing Arctic
Subtitle of host publicationEcological Consequences for Tundra, Streams, and Lakes
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267889
ISBN (Print)9780199860401
StatePublished - Mar 27 2014


  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Arctic foothills
  • Climate change
  • Ecological history
  • Glacial interval
  • Holocene
  • Northern alaska
  • Pollen record
  • Terrestrial ecosystems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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