Hartley, b William J. This article is open access. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4. We estimated ages of rock cairns in alpine tundra in southeast Alaska by combining information from three general classes of methods, each of them imperfect, but considered together providing better estimates than any of the three alone. We used lichenometry, radiocarbon dating, and five successional metrics: score on a nonmetric multidimensional scaling axis of vegetation composition, cover-weighted average successional class of organisms, overgrowth of contact points between rocks, sum of species cover, and species richness. Lichenometry estimated absolute ages, but with considerable error because we violated key assumptions. Successional metrics provided relative ages, probably with more precision than lichenometry, but did not provide absolute ages.
A review of lichenometric dating and its applications to archaeology
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The use of the lichen genus Rhizocarpon in lichenometric dating with special reference to Holocene glacial events. T1 – The use of the lichen genus Rhizocarpon in lichenometric dating with special reference to Holocene glacial events. N2 – Lichenometry is one of the most widely used methods of dating the surface age of substrata including rock surfaces, boulders, walls, and archaeological remains and has been particularly important in dating late Holocene glacial events.
Yellow-green species of the crustose genus Rhizocarpon have been the most useful lichens in lichenometry because of their low growth rates and longevity. This review describes: 1 the biology of the genus Rhizocarpon, 2 growth rates and longevity, 3 environmental growth effects, 4 methods of estimating lichen age, 5 the methodology of lichenometry, 6 applications to dating glacial events, and 7 future research.
Lichenometry depends on many assumptions, most critically that if the lag time before colonisation of a substratum is known and lichen age can be estimated, then a minimum surface age date can be obtained by measuring the size of the largest Rhizocarpon thallus. Future research should include a more rigorous investigation of the assumptions of lichenometry, especially whether the largest thallus present at a site is a good indicator of substratum age, and further studies on the establishment, development, growth, senescence, and mortality of Rhizocarpon lichens.
AB – Lichenometry is one of the most widely used methods of dating the surface age of substrata including rock surfaces, boulders, walls, and archaeological remains and has been particularly important in dating late Holocene glacial events. Richard A.
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Geographia Polonica vol. The paper presents problems faced when using a new method for defining the growth curves of the thalli of the rockylichen Rhizocarpon spp in the Polish section of the Tatra and Karkonosze Mountains. These were mainly representativeof substrates located in the central parts of these zones. In the new lichenometric curve which was constructed forthe Tatra and Karkonosze Mts.
Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. DOI: Loso and D. Loso , D. Doak Published Biology, Medicine Oecologia. Lichenometry is used to date late-Holocene terminal moraines that record glacier fluctuations.
LICHENOMETRIC DATING CURVE AS APPLIED TO GLACIER RETREAT STUDIES IN THE HIMALAYAS.
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Lichenometry is used to date late-Holocene terminal moraines that record glacier fluctuations. Traditionally, it relies upon dating curves that relate diameters of the largest lichens in a population to surface ages. Although widely used, the technique remains controversial, in part because lichen biology is poorly understood. We use size-frequency distributions of lichens growing on well-dated surfaces to fit demographic models for Rhizocarpon geographicum and Pseudophebe pubescens , two species commonly used for lichenometry.
The consistency of our model predictions with biological theory and observations, and with dozens of lichenometric calibration curves from around the world, suggests opportunities to assess quantitatively the accuracy and utility of this common dating technique. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.
The biology behind lichenometric dating curves.
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A Study of Lichens and Lichenometry
Lichens are an interesting life form comprised of part algae and part fungus. The two live symbiotically, each contributing to the survival of the other. The three main types of lichens found in New England are: crustose, foliose, and fructicose. Each species of lichens has distinguishing characteristics which separates one from another. Somewhat recently scientists have come up with a new technique for dating certain artifacts by means of measuring lichens.
Lichens are a symbiosis of two organisms, algae and fungi, which colonise exposed surfaces and can be measured to date the approximate age of the surface. The study of lichens is therefore important to help establish a timescale of events. It is generally believed that the larger the lichen, the longer it has colonised the surface, and therefore that larger lichen means an older surface.
However, researchers have found a ‘Green Zone’ and the hypothesis suggests that lichens are larger at the proximal side of the moraine closest to the glacier base of terminal moraines ridge of sediment that is deposited when a glacier retreats than at other locations Haines-Young, This hypothesis is tested by data which was collected from six dated moraines on the glacial foreland of Nigardsbreen in the Jostedal, Norway. Five transects were taken across each moraine, each consisting of 3 metre x 3 metre quadrats where the five largest lichens were measured Innes, In addition to measuring the lichen thalli diameters, 3 other factors were also measured: aspect, gradient and vegetation cover.
These factors are important to determine why the largest lichens are found in a particular location, whether it supports the hypothesis or not. If the data collected from Nigardsbreen supports the ‘Green Zone’ hypothesis, there are implications for using lichens to date surfaces of unknown age. Keywords: Lichenometry, Nigardsbreen, Rhizocarpon geographicum , ‘Green Zone’, slope aspect, slope gradient.
The purpose of this investigation is to measure diameters of the lichen Rhizocarpon geographicum on proximal, crest and distal side of the moraine furthest from the glacier slopes on terminal moraines on a glacial foreland.