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Menking et al. 2012

Menking, K.M., D.M. Peteet, and R.Y. Anderson, 2012: Late-glacial and Holocene vegetation and climate variability, including major droughts, in the Sky Lakes region of southeastern New York State. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol., 353-355, 45-59, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.06.033.

Sediment cores from Lakes Minnewaska and Mohonk in the Shawangunk Mountains of southeastern New York were analyzed for pollen, plant macrofossils, macroscopic charcoal, organic carbon content, carbon isotopic composition, carbon/nitrogen ratio, and lithologic changes to determine the vegetation and landscape history of the greater Catskill Mountain region since deglaciation. Pollen stratigraphy generally matches the New England pollen zones identified by Deevey (1939) and Davis (1969), with boreal genera (Picea, Abies) present during the late Pleistocene yielding to a mixed Pinus, Quercus and Tsuga forest in the early Holocene. Lake Minnewaska sediments record the Younger Dryas and possibly the 8.2 cal kyr BP climatic events in pollen and sediment chemistry along with an ∼1400 cal yr interval of wet conditions (increasing Tsuga and declining Quercus) centered about 6400 cal yr BP. Both Minnewaska and Mohonk reveal a protracted drought interval in the middle Holocene, ∼5700-4100 cal yr BP, during which Pinus rigida colonized the watershed, lake levels fell, and frequent fires led to enhanced hillslope erosion. Together, the records show at least three wet-dry cycles throughout the Holocene and both similarities and differences to climate records in New England and central New York. Drought intervals raise concerns for water resources in the New York City metropolitan area and may reflect a combination of enhanced La Niña, negative phase NAO, and positive phase PNA climatic patterns and/or northward shifts of storm tracks.

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@article{me06100c,
  author={Menking, K. M. and Peteet, D. M. and Anderson, R. Y.},
  title={Late-glacial and Holocene vegetation and climate variability, including major droughts, in the Sky Lakes region of southeastern New York State},
  year={2012},
  journal={Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol.},
  volume={353-355},
  pages={45--59},
  doi={10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.06.033},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - me06100c
AU  - Menking, K. M.
AU  - Peteet, D. M.
AU  - Anderson, R. Y.
PY  - 2012
TI  - Late-glacial and Holocene vegetation and climate variability, including major droughts, in the Sky Lakes region of southeastern New York State
JA  - Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol.
VL  - 353-355
SP  - 45
EP  - 59
DO  - 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.06.033
ER  -

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