Late Quaternary vegetation history of North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, eastern Australia

Moss, Patrick T., Tibby, John, Petherick, Lynda, McGowan, Hamish, & Barr, Cameron (2013) Late Quaternary vegetation history of North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, eastern Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 74, pp. 257-272.

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Abstract

Currently there is a paucity of records of late Quaternary palaeoenvironmental variability available from the subtropics of Australia. The three continuous palaeoecological records presented here, from North Stradbroke Island, subtropical Queensland, assist in bridging this large spatial gap in the current state of knowledge. The dominance of arboreal taxa in the pollen records throughout the past >40,000 years is in contrast with the majority of records from temperate Australia, and indicates a positive moisture balance for North Stradbroke Island. The charcoal records show considerable inter-site variability indicating the importance of local-scale events on individual records, and highlighting the caution that needs to be applied when interpreting a single site as a regional record. The variability in the burning regimes is interpreted as being influenced by both climatic and human factors. Despite this inter-site variability, broad environmental trends are identifiable, with changes in the three records comparable with the OZ-INTIMATE climate synthesis for the last 35,000 years.

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ID Code: 62313
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia, Charcoal, Lake sediments, Last Glacial Maximum, Late Quaternary climate dynamics, Pollen, Subtropical Queensland
DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.02.019
ISSN: 0277-3791
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 05 Sep 2013 03:45
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 22:17

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