Cameron, C.C. and Palmer, C.A. (1995) The Mangrove Peat of the Tobacco Range Islands, Belize Barrier Reef, Central America. Atoll Research Bulletin (431). pp. 1-34.
Core samples of Holocene mangrove peat were collected onshore and offshore of the north island of Tobacco Range to analyze the peat texture and composition. These characteristics of the peat were then related to the geological history of this island and to the flora that formed it. Chemical data determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis as well as ultimate and proximate analysis suggest that these elements have a mainland origin from volcanic ash or possibly other sources. The heterogeneity of the ash and trace element content in the peats may be accounted for by sea level changes, rate of plant growth and decay, and types of vegetation.
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