Synopses & Reviews
This first volume in the Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research series deals with the acquisition and archiving of lake sediment cores, chronological techniques, and large-scale basin analysis methods used in paleolimnology. Other volumes deal with physical and geochemical parameters and methods (Volume 2), biological techniques (Volumes 3 and 4), and statistical and data handling methods (Volume 5). These monographs provide sufficient detail and breadth to be useful handbooks for both seasoned practitioners as well as newcomers to the area of paleolimnology. Although the chapters in these volumes target mainly lacustrine settings, many of the techniques described can also be readily applied to fluvial, glacial, marine, estuarine, and peatland environments.
"This book is an authoritative, well organized and generally accessible manual for the practicing paleolimnologist. It provides guidance on how to plan a drilling campaign, interpret the morphology of the lake basin, recover and log cores and place the sediments within a chronological framework." (T.C. Partridge, Climatology Research Group, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in Journal of Paleolimnology, 30:4)
About the Author
William M. Last is a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at University of Manitoba (Canada) and is co-editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology. John P. Smol is a professor in the Biology Department at Queen's University (Canada), with a cross-appointment at the School of Environmental Studies. He co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL). Professor Smol is co-editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology and holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change.
Table of Contents
Preface. The Editors. Aims & Scope of Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research Book Series. Editors and Board of Advisors of Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research Book Series. Contents of Volumes 1 to 4 of the Series. Safety Considerations and Caution. Dedication. List of Contributors. 1. An introduction to basin analysis, coring, and chronological techniques used in paleolimnology; W.M. Last, J.P. Smol. Part I: Basin Analysis Techniques. 2. Applications of seismic sequence stratigraphy in lacustrine basins; C.A. Scholz. 3. Ground-penetrating radar applications in paleolimnology; B.J. Moorman. 4. Shoreline and basin configuration techniques in paleolimnology; D. Sack. Part II: Core Acquisition, Archiving, and Logging Techniques. 5. Sediment core collection and extrusion; J.R. Glew, et al. 6. Coring and drilling equipment and procedures for recovery of long lacustrine sequences; S.A.G. Leroy, S.M. Colman. 7. Sediment logging techniques; B. Zolitschka, et al. 8. Logging of magnetic susceptibility; N.R. Nowaczyk. Part III: Chronostratigraphic Techniques. 9. Chronostratigraphic techniques in recent sediments; P.G. Appleby. 10. 14C chronostratigraphic techniques in paleolimnology; S. Björck, B. Wohlfarth. 11. Varve chronology techniques; S. Lamoureux. 12. Luminescence dating; O.B. Lian, D.J. Huntley. 13. Electron spin resonance (ESR) dating in lacustrine environments; B.A.B. Blackwell. 14. Use of paleomagnetism in studies of lake sediments; J. King, J. Peck. 15. Amino acid racemization (AAR) dating and analysis in lacustrine environments; B.A.B. Blackwell. 16. Tephrochronology; C.S.M. Turney, J.J. Lowe. Glossary, acronyms and abbreviations. Index.