Coarse clast ridge sequences as suitable archives for past storm events? Case study on the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia

Scheffers, Anja M., Scheffers, Sander R., Kelletat, Dieter H., Squire, Peter, Collins, Lindsay, Feng, Yuexing, Zhao, Jian-Xin, Joannes-Boyau, Renaud, May, Simon Matthias, Schellmann, Gerhard and Freeman, Heather (2012) Coarse clast ridge sequences as suitable archives for past storm events? Case study on the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia. Journal of Quaternary Science, 27 7: 713-724. doi:10.1002/jqs.2558


Author Scheffers, Anja M.
Scheffers, Sander R.
Kelletat, Dieter H.
Squire, Peter
Collins, Lindsay
Feng, Yuexing
Zhao, Jian-Xin
Joannes-Boyau, Renaud
May, Simon Matthias
Schellmann, Gerhard
Freeman, Heather
Title Coarse clast ridge sequences as suitable archives for past storm events? Case study on the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia
Journal name Journal of Quaternary Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0267-8179
1099-1417
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jqs.2558
Volume 27
Issue 7
Start page 713
End page 724
Total pages 12
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Prehistoric storm records are relatively scarce in most parts of the world. This article presents storm records derived from coral rubble-based geological archives of the Houtman Abrolhos Archipelago located off the west coast of Australia, where the southernmost coral reefs of the Indian Ocean are found. Winter storm swell from the circum-Antarctic ‘Brave Westerlies’, as well as tropical cyclone waves, have left numerous ridge systems on dozens of islands of the archipelago, all composed of coral rubble from adjacent reefs. At three islands, seven ridge systems were dated by three different methods: U-series (68 dates), radiocarbon (64 dates), electron spin resonance (7 dates); 139 radiometric dates span the last 5500 years of the Holocene. In contrast to the geomorphological interpretation, the age sequences show ‘inversions’, hiatuses and different ages for the same ridge, all pointing to complicated ridge formation processes. Time gaps, some exceeding 1000 years, are interpreted as phases of erosion and not as phases without storm activity.
Keyword Palaeotempestology
Beach ridges
Coastal evolution
Holocene
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Earth Sciences Publications
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