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Mangrove peat analysis and reconstruction of vegetation history at the Pelican Cays, Belize

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Mangrove peat analysis and reconstruction of vegetation history at the Pelican Cays, Belize; 2000; Article; Journal; Atoll Research Bulletin; Mckee, K. L.; Faulkner, P. L.

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The substrate beneath mangrove forests in the Pelican Cays complex is predominately peat composed mainly of mangrove roots. Leaves and wood account for less than 20% of the peat mass. At Cat Cay, the depth of the peat ranges from 0.2 m along the shoreline to 1.65 m in the island center, indicating that the island has expanded horizontally as well as vertically through below-ground, biogenic processes. Mangrove roots thus play a critical role in the soil formation, vertical accretion, and stability of these mangrove cays. The species composition of fossil roots changes markedly with depth: Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove) was the initial colonizer on a coral base, followed by Avicennia germinans (black mangrove), which increased in [...]

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