Reconstructing past environments is critical in evaluating modern environmental change and making predictions for the future. Records can be found in a range of natural sources, including microfossils, and their analysis can make important contributions to studies of contemporary global environmental issues such as climate change, water pollution and acidification.
This is the first text which aims to explain the practical applications of the analysis of microfossils to undergraduate and graduate students of the earth and environmental sciences. Including pedagogic features such as chapter summaries, highlighted key words, annotated guides to further reading and an appendix of statistical techniques, the book is extensively illustrated throughout and includes a wide range of fully international examples and case studies. This book will be an invaluable guide for students of geography, geology, oceanography, environmental archaeology and environmental science.
Table of ContentsPart 1 - Big world, small fossils: an introduction
Part 2 - Introduction to benthic foraminifera
Part 3 - Environmental application of dee-sea benthic foraminifera
Part 4 - Benthic foraminifera as indicators of environmental change: marginal marine, shelf and upper slope
Part 5 - Intertidal foraminifera as palaeo-environmental studies
Part 7 -Palaeoceanographic applications of planktonic Sarcodine Protozoa: foraminifera and radiolaria
Part 8 - The environmental applications of diatoms
Part 9 - Environmental applications of calcareous nannofossils
Part 10 - Environmental application of dinoflagellate cysts and acritarchs
Part 11 The Environmental applications of pollen analysis