Geographia Polonica (2006) vol. 79, iss. 1

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The map of potential natural vegetation as a source of knowledge on the Holocene history of the Vistula river valley

Jan Marek Matuszkiewicz

Geographia Polonica (2006) vol. 79, iss. 1, pp. 95-111

Abstract

This paper concerns the relationships between potential natural vegetation and geomorphologicalforms. The study area covers a fragment of the Vistula river valley for which unitsof potential vegetation were identified and a digital vegetation map constructed. Correlations betweenthe potential natural vegetation and geomorphological forms were analyzed, and generalconclusions drawn in regard to the geomorphology of the valley (beyond the range of the detailedmap). Some changes to the general map have also been proposed and a hypothesis on the presenceof an ‘island’ of Pleistocene deposits within the Holocene valley advanced.

Keywords: potential natural vegetation, Holocene valley of the Vistula, terraces, Pleistocene deposits

Jan Marek Matuszkiewicz [jan.mat@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland