Review of dated late Quaternary palaeolimnological records in the Carpathian region, east-central Europe

Krisztina Buczkó, E. Magyari, Peter Bitušík, Agnieszka Wacnik

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The Carpathian Region (including mountains and plains) has for a long time been lacking good palaeoenvironmental and especially palaeolimnological records, particularly for the Late Quaternary. In the last two decades, many new sedimentary sequences were obtained and studied using a wide range of palaeoproxies. This article reviews results from 123 sequences in the Carpathian Region, all dated by radiometric methods. Our aim was to pay attention to the existence of these data; many of them published in national periodicals and journals. Palaeoenvironmental records with at least two proxies and with palaeolimnological interpretation were compiled in both tabular form and on maps. Inspite of the density of examined sites, an assessment of the dataset led us to the following conclusions: (1) very few provide firm hydrological- limnological interpretation, such as lake level and mire water-depth fluctuation, lake productivity changes and pH changes; (2) only 47 of them are real multi-proxy studies (have at least two proxies employed on the same sediment core); (3) glacial lakes in Slovakia and Romania as well as in Ukraine are seriously under-investigated although they would be ideal objects of palaeolimnological works with the many proxies applicable on them; (4) the Hungarian lowland areas are dominated by shallow tectonic lakes or palaeochannels, often with unsatisfactory preservation of certain biological proxies (e.g. diatoms, chironomids, cladocerans). Consequently, palaeolimnological studies from this region have to apply a different combination of proxies and approach than mountain lake studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-28
Number of pages26
JournalHydrobiologia
Volume631
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

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Keywords

  • Carpathians
  • Holocene
  • Late Glacial
  • Multi-proxy
  • Palaeolimnological records
  • Pannonian Plain

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Review of dated late Quaternary palaeolimnological records in the Carpathian region, east-central Europe. / Buczkó, Krisztina; Magyari, E.; Bitušík, Peter; Wacnik, Agnieszka.

In: Hydrobiologia, Vol. 631, No. 1, 09.2009, p. 3-28.

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Buczkó, Krisztina ; Magyari, E. ; Bitušík, Peter ; Wacnik, Agnieszka. / Review of dated late Quaternary palaeolimnological records in the Carpathian region, east-central Europe. In: Hydrobiologia. 2009 ; Vol. 631, No. 1. pp. 3-28.
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