Altithermal Timberline Advance in Western United States


A combination of radiocarbon dating and counting of annual rings of the remains of trees has been used to establish the time of retreat of forests from sub-alpine mountains in California and Nevada. The information obtained can serve as a palaeoclimatic indicator.

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LAMARCHE, V., MOONEY, H. Altithermal Timberline Advance in Western United States. Nature 213, 980–982 (1967).

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