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Glacial history of the upper Derwent Valley, Tasmania


Kiernan, K, Glacial history of the upper Derwent Valley, Tasmania, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 34, (2) pp. 157-166. ISSN 0028-8306 (1991) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00288306.1991.9514453


Part of an extensive ice cap that developed in the Tasmanian Central Highlands during the late Cenozoic discharged southwards via a major outlet glacier that occupied the valley of the Derwent River. At least three and probably five phases of glaciation took place. The first and most extensive glaciation may have been early Pleistocene in age, while the most recent and least extensive occurred during the late Last Glacial Stage. When the ice cover was most extensive, the Derwent Glacier was up to 500 m thick. It may have extended to as low as 230 m above sea level, 70 km downvalley. Diffluent lobes of this glacier spread eastwards to merge with other glaciers in the Nive Valley, southwards into the upper Gordon Valley, and westwards into the upper Franklin and Alma Valleys. The ice masses of west-central Tasmania were mainly of temperate maritime character.

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:33477
Year Published:1991
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2005-07-12
Last Modified:2011-08-30

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