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POLLEN AND MACROFLORAL ANALYSIS OF SEVERAL HEARTH FEATURES FROM WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, NEW MEXICO

Author(s): R.A. Varney ; Kathryn Puseman ; Linda Scott Cummings

Year: 2003

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Summary

White Sands National Monument is located in the Tularosa Valley of south-central New

Mexico. The Monument is situated entirely within the northern reaches of the Chihuahuan

Desertscrub biome. Because the Tularosa Basin has no external drainage, plants tend to be

dominated by halophytic types including four-wing saltbush, and alkalai sacaton. The water table

in the basin is perched upon an impermeable clay layer that allows plant types such as sumac and

cottonwood, normally found in more moist environments, to grow in the area. Ten hearths

pedestaled in indurated selenite evaporites were sampled for pollen and macrobotanical remains.

These samples were analyzed in order to determine season of hearth use, environmental

conditions, and economic use of plants in the features.


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POLLEN AND MACROFLORAL ANALYSIS OF SEVERAL HEARTH FEATURES FROM WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, NEW MEXICO. R.A. Varney, Kathryn Puseman, Linda Scott Cummings. 2003 ( tDAR id: 379028) ; doi:10.6067/XCV89G5M7M


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