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Climatic Implications of Chenier Dates in Northern Australia

  • Brian G Lees (a1) and Annemarie Clements (a1)

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The characterization of late Holocene climates in northern Australia has, in the past, been based on local investigations. This examination of the chenier record of northern Australia indicates that there has been a statistically significant regional change in conditions between 1600–2800 years bp, possibly a period of relative aridity. Support for this conclusion may be found in the vegetation record from the Atherton Tableland where numerical comparisons of dryland fossil and modern pollen spectra suggest that rainfall may have been up to 50% higher during the period 7000 to 3000 bp.

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Climatic Implications of Chenier Dates in Northern Australia

  • Brian G Lees (a1) and Annemarie Clements (a1)

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