Journal article

Long-term environmental change in eastern Tasmania: Vegetation, climate and fire at Stoney Lagoon

Penelope J Jones, Ian Thomas, Michael-Shawn Fletcher

HOLOCENE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Tasmania’s dry, inland east is ideally positioned to inform models of late Quaternary environmental change in southern Australasia. Despite this, it remains poorly represented in the palaeoecological record. Here, we seek to address this with a >13,000-year vegetation and fire history from Stoney Lagoon, a site at the eastern margin of Tasmania’s inland Midlands plains. Pollen and charcoal analysis indicates that here, a relatively moist early deglacial was followed by a dry later deglacial (ca. 14,000–12,000 cal. BP), when sclerophyll forests became well established and burning increased. This suggests that the Midlands’ vegetation responded to the climatic signals characterising Australia’..

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