The use of angiosperm wood anatomy for palaeoclimatic analysis: a new technique for determining cretaceous and tertiary climates of Gondwana

Dataset description

The analysis of morphological characters of dicotyledonous angiosperm wood will be developed as a novel tool for palaeoclimatic interpretation. Cretaceous and tertiary angiosperm wood from Antarctica and Australia will be studied to determine the biodiversity of fossil forests and construct a database of fossil angiosperm wood features. The climate significance of morphological features in related modern Southern Hemisphere woods will be statistically correlated and the results used to interpret the fossil wood anatomy in terms of cretaceous and tertiary palaeoclimates. These predictions will be tested against palaeoclimate information from oxygen isotopes, fossils and sediments, and used to verify general circulation models

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Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
NG12 5GG

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Dataset details

Author(s) Francis, Professor J
Principal Investigator(s) Francis, Professor J
Sch of Earth & Environment
University of Leeds
Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
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Start of capture {ts '1997-10-01 00:00:00'} After 1st October 1997
End of capture {ts '2018-10-18 08:27:35'} Not known
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Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category code (ISO) geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
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Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 20th May 2009
Metadata standard compliance NERC profile of ISO19115:2003
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