Paleoclimate reconstruction and vegetation dynamic during Pleistocene and Holocene based on palynology at Dasht E Arzhan wetland ars Southwest Iran

Document Type : Original Article


1 physical geography- faculty of earth science- shahid beheshti university- Tehran- Iran

2 Professor of Shahid Behshti university

3 Associated Professor I National Institute of Oceanography and Atmospheric Science


Complex of climate related to topography and general circulation atmospheric interaction in Iran have been unintelligence. Modern climate in southwest Iran is governed by Red sea Trough and westerly depression and Siberian high pressure and in order to understanding of this complex we need to obtain the climate conditions of past.  One of the best method for reconstruction of paleoclimate change based on reconstructs of vegetation dynamics by pollen count. This method the first time  have applicateed by Van Zist and Bottema in northwest of Iran and continued by Stevense et all,2001 and 2006, 2012, and Djamali and et al, 2009,2012,2015  and Joens et al,2015. Safaei Rad, 2014 in Persian and Davoodi and et al, 2015 in Persian and Azizi et al, 2012 in Persian and Akbari et al,2016 in Persian. 
Arzhan wetland located on ′ 56 °51 تا ′ 59 °51 in sout west of zagros Fars province Iran. The climate parameter of this region show in table (1)

The number of frost days

Minimum absolute temperature

The maximum absolute temperature

The average temperature of the coldest month

Average temperature of the warmest month

 Annual average température

124 days






Table (1) Modern climatic factors
Materials and methods
In order to understand past climate and environment change and reconstruct at Arzhan wetland SW of Zagros Iran 960 Cm core were taken and a pollen diagram was derived through late Pleistocene and Holocene. We performed magnetic sensibility analysis in primary step and the second we initially to subsampled based on magnetic sensibility measure and in thirst we have prepare our samples according to Moor et al, 1995 methods. In this step we added Lycopodium to our samples in order to counting and frequency of pollen grain in samples than we counted pollen and derived pollen diagram during late Pleistocene and Holocene of Southwest of Iran( Figure 1)
In other hands for dating, we extracted four samples of piece of plant for obtained date and after preparing sent to Radio Carbon laboratory Poznan Poland.(Figure 2)
Results and discussion
Radio carbon dating represent 15000Cal. BP that covered late Pleistocene and Holocene at the region. The pollen diagram shows at late Pleistocene covered by cold and dry steppe with Cousinia and Artemisia whit dry summer. Represent of cousinia refer to cold and dry in the upland of Zagros mountain (El Moslemany, 1986 and 1987) also Djamali believe  that cousinia pollen describe a dry conditions( Djamali et all, 2012) arboreal pollen   represent during Holocene around 10000Cal B.P. and start to spread  in this region. Quercous woodland and Pistasio- Amygdalus shrubs have spread from around 6000 years ago during middle Holocene. A maximum of spread of Oka woodland represent in 4000 and 3000 Cal.B.P so we referred them to increase of moisture of summer rainfall.  Appearance of Guglans in 3000 years ago is important and refer to human activity in this region
The pollen records started at around 15100 Cal. BP and show an absence of arboreal plant in area during late Pleistocene up to 11000 Cal. BP. Pollen records in this zone present a cold steppe that indicated by Cousinia, Artemisia Centaura and Chenopodiaceae pollen with decrease of Poaceae. Younger Dryas in this part of Zagros have not presented by spatially pollen grain. It seems due to upland and local characteristic the basin has not experienced Younger Drays as other region of Zagros. From 10000 Cal. BP arboreal plant have begun to spread as Quercous woodland and Pistacio- Amygdalus scrub that dominated the area during last Holocene.  At 8300Cal.BP Quercous woodland and Pistacia- Amygdalus scrub degraded during 600 years up to 7700 Cal BP after this phase Quercous woodland start to spread until 6300 Cal. BP. Middle Holocen at 6300 years ago Quercous woodland have degraded and start to spread. At 5000 Cal.BP. Through Holocen at this period Quercous woodland, have maximum extended. Gaglans has appearance at 3000 years ago and continued to present. Based on pollen diagram we reconstructed climate of past in this region. It seems the atmospheric circulation and climate regime have been stable and closed to modern climate in general. 




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