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Coring and sub-sampling of peatlands for palaeoenvironmental research

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Author(s): F. De Vleeschouwer | F.M. Chambers | G.T. Swindles

Journal: Mires and Peat
ISSN 1819-754X

Volume: 7;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: ombrotrophic mires | peat | peat monoliths | sample contamination

ABSTRACT
Every palaeoenvironmental, palaeoecological and palaeogeochemical study of a peatland begins with coring or section sampling and sub-sampling. This first step in a peat-based palaeoenvironmental study is the most crucial, as a high-quality investigation can be achieved only from a foundation of high-quality stratigraphic sampling and sub-sampling. Various techniques for coring, sampling and sub-sampling are described, aiming to: (a) provide the reader with an overview of existing approaches and techniques; (b) offer guidance on good practice for achieving high-quality results efficiently; and (c) standardise the methodology in order to achieve comparable sequences and samples for future multiproxy, multi-site and multi-core projects.
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