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Plant Macrofossil

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Plant macrofossils are preserved remains large enough to be visible without a microscope. They include leaf, needle, cone, and stem debris and can be used to identify types of plants formerly growing in the area. Plant macrofossil data provide a valuable complement to pollen and faunal data that can be used to reconstruct the terrestrial environment.

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    Locate and download plant macrofossil studies using a Google Earth map interface. Google Earth must be installed to use this search tool.
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    ​Harvest paleoclimate study metadata records using the NCEI Paleo Web Service.

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Contributing Data

Investigators who wish to contribute their data to our plant macrofossil archive can find information on contributing below. Data and study description information can be contributed by emailing your data to

Other Data Archives

Additional sources outside of NCDC for data and information on plant macrofossils and climate science.