By applying different acid washes to the sediment from Lozier
Pond at Hyde Park, fragments of ancient charcoal can be isolated.
By counting the charcoal fragments, like the one seen above, we
will be able to understand how important forest fires caused by
lightening strikes were at the time the mastodon lived. Put simply,
the more forest fires, the drier the climate at the time. This
relationship can be made more complex by changes in local hydrology,
upland plant ecologies, and human influenced fires. However, charcoal,
when studied in tandem with pollen
and changes in core
, can be a valuable tool in understanding the
history of an ancient lake.