Journal article

Establishing a chronological framework for a late Quaternary seasonal swamp in the Australian 'Top End'

J-H May, SK Marx, W Reynolds, L Clark-Balzan, GE Jacobsen, F Preusser



Swamps in the seasonal tropics have good potential for the reconstruction of late Quaternary monsoonal dynamics. Their successful use, however, has often been compromised by chronological limitations introduced by a variety of depositional and post-depositional processes actively modifying the swamp deposits. We here present and discuss the results of a multiple dating approach at Table Top Swamp (TTS) in northern Australia (the ‘Top End’). Single-grain luminescence dating of quartz was successfully used to provide chronology in the lowermost core where insufficient organic material prevents the application of radiocarbon dating. In the uppermost, fine-grained and peaty section of the core, ..

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Awarded by ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Litchfield National Park team for granting access to TTS and providing valuable logistical support on numerous occasions. This study was funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DP0987819) granted to JHM. We acknowledge the financial support from the Australian Government for the Centre for Accelerator Science at ANSTO through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). The detailed and constructive comments of two reviewers significantly helped to improve this paper.