Vegetation History and Environmental Change on Macquarie IslandEntry ID: ASAC_777
Abstract: Metadata record for data expected from ASAC Project 777, Vegetation History and Environmental Change on Macquarie Island Studied by Analysing Present Vegetation and the Underlying Peat on Slopes Subject to Peat Slides.
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This project provided funding for a PhD thesis, and all known publications ... associated with the project are listed in the reference section below.
From the abstract of some of the referenced papers:
We describe a peat core sampler which uses one cutting head on as many coring tubes as necessary. We also offer practical solutions to overcome difficulties of labeling sample tubes when working in wet conditions.
Reports of the mass movement of peat in the Southern Hemisphere are few. They occur in environments substantially different to those where peat slides, flows and bog bursts occur in the Northern Hemisphere. This study looks at the characteristics of seven translational peat slides on subantarctic Macquarie Island which have occurred since 1980. They have occurred in herb vegetation on a range of slopes between 5 and 35 degrees. Slides range in area between 375 and 1200 square metres. The associations between peat slides, seismic activity and intense rainfall events are discussed. Considerations of the long term stability of vegetated slopes on the islands leads to the conclusion that the failure of these slopes is inevitable.
Start Date: 1994-09-01Stop Date: 1996-03-31
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Email: john.pickard at bigpond.com
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Email: cbell at horizon.co.fk
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Email: dave.connell at aad.gov.au
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Province or State: Tasmania
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Pickard, J. and Selkirk, J.M. 1997 An improved hand corer sampler for peat. Palynology 21, 209-211.
Selkirk, J.M. (1996) Peat slides on subantarctic Macquarie Island Z. Geomorph. N.F. Suppl.-Bd. 105 61-72;
Adamson, D.A., Selkirk, J.M., Seppelt, R.D. (1993) Serpentinite, harzburgite, and vegetation on subantarctic Macquarie Island. Arctic and Alpine ... Research 25(3). 216-219
Adamson, D.A., Selkirk, P.M., Price, D.M., Ward, N., Selkirk, J.M. (1996) Pleistocene uplift and palaeoenvironments of Macquarie Island: evidence from palaeobeaches and sedimentary deposits. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 130(2). 25-32
Selkirk J.M. 1998. Active vegetation-banked terraces on subantarctic Macquarie Island. Z. fur Geomorphologie 42(4): 483-496
Selkirk J.M. and Saffigna L.J. 1999. Wind and water erosion of a peat and sand area on subantarctic Macquarie Island. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 31(4): 412-420
Selkirk-Bell, J.M. 2000 Geomorphic processes and environmental change on subantarctic Macquarie Island. Unpublished PhD thesis, Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University. (Call number in MQ Library: Thesis Collection (not for loan) GB441.S394).
Selkirk-Bell, J.M. 2000 Geomorphic processes and environmental change on subantarctic Macquarie Island. Unpublished PhD thesis, Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University. (Call number in AAD library 551.4(*786)).
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DIF Creation Date: 2000-08-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-08-29