Fire and vegetation history of the Eifel: A reconstruction of the past 120,000 years using lignin and black carbon


Arne Kappenberg is a PhD-student in Project D6

The spatial distribution of vegetation and vegetation fires in Central European Uplands during the last interglacial and glacial period may give insights to Paleolithic environments.

Arne Kappenberg

Arne Kappenberg, Project D6

Organic matter, preserved in warved lake sediments, provide a high resolution record of vegetation and vegetation fire. We analyzed sediments of two maar lakes (Jungfernweiher and Dehner Maar, Eifel Mountains, Germany) for lignin-derived phenols and black carbon (analyzed as benzene polycarboxylic acids (BPCAs)) as residues of grass and tree biomass and burned organic matter, respectively. This study aimed at utilizing black carbon and Lignin as biomarker for identifying past environment changes.

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Date, Time: 18/04/2016, 14:00 h – 14:45 h

Location: Room S12, Seminargebäude (Building 106), Universitätsstraße 37 , Cologne

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