Late Quaternary environments of South East Queensland

Moss, Patrick, McGowan, Hamish, Westaway, Michael, Petherick, Lynda and Daus, Tamara (2009). Late Quaternary environments of South East Queensland. In: 10th INTECOL 2009. Ecology in a Changing Climate: Two Hemispheres - One Globe. The 10th International Congress of Ecology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1-1). 16-21 August 2009.

Author Moss, Patrick
McGowan, Hamish
Westaway, Michael
Petherick, Lynda
Daus, Tamara
Title of paper Late Quaternary environments of South East Queensland
Conference name 10th INTECOL 2009. Ecology in a Changing Climate: Two Hemispheres - One Globe. The 10th International Congress of Ecology
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 16-21 August 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Oral presentation
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Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Late Quaternary palaeoecological and sedimentological records have been constructed from a number of sites across South East Queensland. Four of these records, Blue Lake, Myora Springs, Native Companion Lagoon and Tortoise Lagoon were collected from North Stradbroke Island and provide a detailed picture of environmental change for the subtropical region of eastern Australia covering at least the last 40,000 years. More recently, suitable sediments from a mainland site close to the Nerang River within the Merrimac wetlands, Gold Coast, have been examined. Preliminary pollen analysis of this site suggests a Late Quaternary age, which is further supported by the presence of Aboriginal artefacts and possible hearth sites. The combination of these five records allows an assessment of the relative impacts of climate and people on the eastern Australian subtropics for the late Quaternary period. In particular, the potential long-term impacts of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon on the region’s environment; the response of the region’s ecosystems to abrupt climate change that characterizes the Late Quaternary period; evidence of initial human impacts, particularly their use of fire, on the eastern subtropical landscape; and any signal of human intensification (e.g. increased burning) during the late Holocene period, which has been suggested from archaeological records from the region, as well as other parts of Australia.
Subjects 0403 Geology
0401 Atmospheric Sciences
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Presented during Session S47: "The past as key to the future = Paleo perspectives on climate change" as Presentation 0641.

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