research data . Dataset . 2018

Controls on late-Holocene drift-sand dynamics: The dominant role of human pressure in the Netherlands

Harm Jan Pierik; Rowin J van Lanen; Marjolein TIJ Gouw-Bouman; Bert J Groenewoudt; Jakob Wallinga; Wim Z Hoek;
  • Published: 11 Jul 2018
  • Publisher: Figshare
Abstract
Holocene drift-sand activity in the northwest European sand belt is commonly directly linked to population pressure (agricultural activity) or to climate change (e.g. storminess). In the Pleistocene sand areas of the Netherlands, small-scale Holocene drift-sand activity began in the Mesolithic, whereas large-scale sand drifting started during the Middle Ages. This last phase not only coincides with the intensification of farming and demographic pressure but also is commonly associated with a colder climate and enhanced storminess. This raises the question to what extent drift-sand activity can be attributed to either human activities or natural forcing factors. ...
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free text keywords: Geography, History
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