WILDFIRES IN THE LATE PALAEOZOIC AND MESOZOIC OF THE SOUTHERN ALPS THE LATE PERMIAN OF THE BLETTERBACH-BUTTERLOCH AREA (NORTHERN ITALY)

  • DIETER UHL
  • RAINER BUTZMANN
  • THILO C. FISCHER
  • BARBARA MELLER
  • EVELYN KUSTATSCHER
Keywords: Late Permian, Dolomites, N-Italy, Bletterbach, Charcoal

Abstract

For the first time fossil macroscopic remains of charcoal as direct evidence of palaeo-wildfires from the Late Permian Gröden Formation of the Bletterbach-Butterloch area in Northern Italy is described. The charcoal consists of pycnoxylic wood and originates from gymnosperms, but a more specific affiliation is not possible due to the fragmentary nature of the material. On a global scale our knowledge about Late Permian fire-ecology is still rather scarce and this finding helps to fill one of the numerous geographical gaps in our current knowledge about Late Permian wildfires.

 

Published
2012-07-31
Section
Articles