Journal article

Early Pleistocene vegetation change in upland south-eastern Australia

JM Kale Sniderman

Journal of Biogeography | WILEY | Published : 2011

Abstract

Aim This study aims to improve our understanding of the late Cenozoic history of Australian rain forest and sclerophyll biomes by presenting a detailed pollen record demonstrating the floristic composition and orbital-scale patterns of change in forest communities of upland south-eastern Australia, during the Early Pleistocene. The record is examined in order to shed light on the nature of the transition from rain forest-dominated ‘Tertiary' Australian vegetation to open-canopied ‘Quaternary' vegetation. Location Stony Creek Basin (144.13° E, 37.35° S, 550 m a.s.l), a small, infilled palaeolake in the western uplands of Victoria, Australia. Methods A c. 40-m-long sediment core was recovered ..

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This paper is based on work done by the author while the recipient of an Australian postgraduate award at Monash University. The author thanks J.R. Brown, A.P. Kershaw, M.S. McGlone, D.M.J.S. Bowman, and two anonymous referees for valuable comments.