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Late Quaternary landscapes in Central Australia: sedimentary history and palaeoecology of Puritjarra rock shelter

Smith, Mike


Puritjarra rock shelter provides a long record of late Quaternary vegetation in the Australian arid zone. Analysis of the sedimentary history of this rock shelter is combined with reanalysis of charcoal and phytolith records to provide a first-order picture of changing landscapes in western Central Australia. These show a landscape responding to increasing aridity from 45 ka with deflation of clay-rich red palaeosols (<45 ka) and sharp declines in grassland and other vegetation at 40-36 ka, and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Quaternary Science
DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1249


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