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Glaciation and cave sediment aggradation around the margins of the Mt Field Plateau, Tasmania


Kiernan, K and Lauritzen, SE and Duhig, N, Glaciation and cave sediment aggradation around the margins of the Mt Field Plateau, Tasmania, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 48, (2) pp. 251-263. ISSN 0812-0099 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1440-0952.2001.00855.x


Landform evolution around the Mt Field Plateau has been strongly influenced by multiple stages of cold glacial climate. Only small glaciers were present during the late Last Glacial or Global Isotope Stage 2, but degraded moraines and the distribution of erratics indicate that ice cover was more extensive earlier when ice and meltwater invaded neighbouring karst areas and meltwater streams deposited gravel in caves. Weathering evidence suggests a significant glacial advance during Global Isotope Stage 4. Uranium-thorium dating of speleothems associated with gravels in proglacial caves suggests a major phase of gravel aggradation that post-dates Global Isotope Stage 5 and pre-dates Global Isotope Stage 2.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Geomorphology and earth surface processes
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Kiernan, K (Dr Kevin Kiernan)
ID Code:33062
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-23

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