Dating of Late Pleistocene Australian Mainland GlaciationEntry ID: NOAA_NCDC_PALEO_2002-026
Abstract: Late Pleistocene glaciation of the Australian mainland was restricted to a
small area of the southeastern highlands. Geomorphic mapping of the area and
exposure dating using the in situ produced cosmogenic isotope 10Be provides
evidence for at least two distinct glaciations. The Early Kosciuszko
glaciation consisted of a single glacier advance before 59,300 ± 5400 years
ago (Snowy River ... Advance). The Late Kosciuszko glaciation comprised three
glacier advances 32,000 ± 2500 (Headley Tarn Advance), 19,100 ± 1600 (Blue
Lake Advance), and 16,800 ± 1400 years ago (Mt. Twynam Advance). The Early
Kosciuszko glaciation was the most extensive and the Late Kosciuszko advances
were progressively less extensive. These periods of glaciation in the
highlands correspond to episodes of periglacial activity and peaks in lake
levels and river discharge at lower elevations in southeastern Australia.
Glacier advances on the Kosciuszko Massif correlate with advances in Tasmania,
South America, and New Zealand and are broadly representative of hemispheric
climate changes during the last glacial cycle.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Timothy Barrows
Dataset Title: Dating of Late Pleistocene Australian Mainland Glaciation
Dataset Series Name: IGBP PAGES/WDCA CONTRIBUTION SERIES NUMBER: 2002-026
Dataset Release Date: 5/2002
Dataset Release Place: Boulder,CO
Dataset Publisher: IGBP PAGES/World Data Center for Paleoclimatology
Issue Identification: 2002-026
Other Citation Details: NOAA/NCDC Paleoclimatology ProgramOnline Resource: ftp://ftp.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/paleo/paleocean/by_contributor/bar...
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Distribution Media: ftp
Distribution Format: text, Excel
Australian National University
Barrows, T. T., J. O. Stone, L. K. Fifield, and R. G. Cresswell, 2001, Late
Pleistocene glaciation of the Kosciuszko Massif, Snowy Mountains, Australia.
Quaternary Research, v55, No. 2, March 2001, pp. 179-189.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-10-24
Last DIF Revision Date: 2006-11-08