Palynology as a tool in delineating tropical lowland depositional environments of Late Quaternary age


Author : R.HillenPublication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of MalaysiaVolume : 19Page : 495-504Year : 1986


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Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 19, April 1986, pp. 495 – 504

 

Palynology as a tool in delineating tropical lowland depositional environments Of Late Quaternary age

R. HILLEN

CCOP Project Office c/o UN/ESCAP, Rajdamnern Avenue, Bangkok 10200

 

Abstract: As part of a Quaternary geological research project about 170 samples from several lowland depositional environments in Lower Perak and Kelantan (Peninsular Malaysia) were investigated for their pollen content. The results indicate that palynology is a reliable method for reconstructing tropical lowland sedimentary environments of Late Quaternary age.

Samples from the following environments were studied: shallow offshore, deltaic/estuarine, mangrove, transition between salt and fresh water environments, fresh water swamp and peat swamp. The various environments are characterized palynologically. Some pollen diagrams from different environments are presented.

Differentiation between salt/brackish and fresh water environments can be readily achieved for each individual sample, even with only limited knowledge of pollen types. For a more detailed interpretation a vertical sequence of samples is required. 

https://doi.org/10.7186/bgsm19198637