Marine sediments from 3-degrees-37'S, 83-degrees-58'W yield a well-dated pollen record of equatorial Andean vegetation. Moderate development of Podocarpus-high montane rainforest (approximately 34,000-28,000 yr B.P.) and increase of high Andean grassland pollen (approximately 28,000-16,000 yr B.P.) imply an extended dry, cool glacial period following a brief interstade. Rapid stepwise expansion in coastal and montane forest pollen characterizes the deglacial interval. The general correspondence between pollen and oxygen isotope variations in Tri 163-31B suggests that tropical climatic variations in the northern Andes were basically coherent with northern hemisphere glacier variations. (C) 1994 University of Washington.
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