Peatlands of the Western Guayana Highlands, Venezuela

Properties and Paleogeographic Significance of Peats

  • Joseph Alfred Zinck
  • Otto Huber

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 217)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. O. Huber, J. A. Zinck
    Pages 1-4
  3. J. A. Zinck, P. García
    Pages 91-126
  4. R. Schargel, P. García, D. Jiménez
    Pages 127-139
  5. P. García, R. Schargel, J. A. Zinck
    Pages 141-188
  6. J. A. Zinck, P. García, J. van der Plicht
    Pages 189-236
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-295

About this book


The Guayana Highlands in northeastern tropical America, rising from lowland rain forests and savannas up to 3000 m elevation, are characterized by ancient tablelands called tepuis. The peatlands that developed on the tepuis constitute unique and fascinating ecosystems and are the focus of this volume, which starts with an overview of tropical and subtropical peats, followed by an introduction to the geo-ecological features of the Guayana region as a whole, with special emphasis on the diversity of the vegetation cover from lowlands to uplands to highlands. The core subject centers on the properties and dating of the peat deposits and the interpretation of the chronological record in terms of past environmental changes. The well illustrated book will appeal to a broad range of scientists interested in tropical highland peats, including quaternarists, soil scientists, geomorphologists, geographers, geologists, ecologists, botanists, hydrologists, conservationists, and land use planners.


Guayana Highlands Pantepui Venezuela paleoecology peat dating peat properties peatland ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Alfred Zinck
    • 1
  • Otto Huber
    • 2
  1. 1.and Earth Observation (ITC)International Institute for Geo-InformatEnschedeNetherlands
  2. 2.Fundación Instituto Botánico de VenezuelCaracasVenezuela

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