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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife$
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Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871714

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.001.0001

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Broad-Scale Change in the Northern Forests: From Past to Present

Broad-Scale Change in the Northern Forests: From Past to Present

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(p.61) 5 Broad-Scale Change in the Northern Forests: From Past to Present
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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife
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David J. Mladenoff

Lisa A. Schulte

Janine Bolliger

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.003.0005

This chapter explores why the types of forests we see vary from place to place and over time. It relies on two types of historic records: the layers of sediment from lake bottoms that contain a 10,000-year accumulation of pollen grains and the written records from the individuals that conducted Wisconsin's public land survey in the mid-1800s. It shows that forests change constantly, through time and across space. The interplay of climate, the physical environment, natural events, and human history has shaped, and continue to shape, the forests that seen today.

Keywords:   forests, sediments, pollen grains, public land survey, ecological change, Wisconsin

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