Comments on Leif Kullman's paper “Early Holocene tree growth at a high elevation site”

Comments on Leif Kullman's paper “Early Holocene tree growth at a high elevation site” Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Stockholm In a paper published in Geografiska Annaler 81A(1): 63–74 Leif Kullman presents nine new 14C dates on wood found above the present tree limit. The site where the wood samples were found is located at a high elevation in Lapland, which makes the dates interesting. However, the paper includes a number of errors. In the introduction Kullman writes: ”In subarctic/subalpine Swedish Lapland and adjacent regions of northern Fennoscandia, scientific progress within the field, particularly concerning the early Holocene, has been restricted by the lack of extensive and systematic megafossil surveys at sufficiently high elevations. Karlén (1976) has published some radiocarbon datings of subfossil wood remains of Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine) from this arApproximate position of Kullmans oldest dates ea.” The Karlén paper from 1976 included more dates from Early Holocene than Kullman has presented and Karlén has discussed the subject in several papers published during the past decades (e.g. Karlén 1982, 1996, 1998). Kullman continuous: ”Most of these [dates on pine], however, originate from relatively low elevations or below the current potential tree-limit of Pinus. Besides, the resultant dates are fairly young and, thus, they are of little relevance to elucidate http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Geografiska Annaler Series A: Physical Geography Wiley

Comments on Leif Kullman's paper “Early Holocene tree growth at a high elevation site”

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Wiley
Copyright
Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography 1999
ISSN
0435-3676
eISSN
1468-0459
DOI
10.1111/1468-0459.00074
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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Stockholm In a paper published in Geografiska Annaler 81A(1): 63–74 Leif Kullman presents nine new 14C dates on wood found above the present tree limit. The site where the wood samples were found is located at a high elevation in Lapland, which makes the dates interesting. However, the paper includes a number of errors. In the introduction Kullman writes: ”In subarctic/subalpine Swedish Lapland and adjacent regions of northern Fennoscandia, scientific progress within the field, particularly concerning the early Holocene, has been restricted by the lack of extensive and systematic megafossil surveys at sufficiently high elevations. Karlén (1976) has published some radiocarbon datings of subfossil wood remains of Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine) from this arApproximate position of Kullmans oldest dates ea.” The Karlén paper from 1976 included more dates from Early Holocene than Kullman has presented and Karlén has discussed the subject in several papers published during the past decades (e.g. Karlén 1982, 1996, 1998). Kullman continuous: ”Most of these [dates on pine], however, originate from relatively low elevations or below the current potential tree-limit of Pinus. Besides, the resultant dates are fairly young and, thus, they are of little relevance to elucidate

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Geografiska Annaler Series A: Physical GeographyWiley

Published: Oct 1, 1999

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