Mud and bones: cave deposits and environmental history in Australia

Reed, Liz, and Gillieson, Dave (2003) Mud and bones: cave deposits and environmental history in Australia. In: Hamilton-Smith, Elery, and Finlayson, Brian, (eds.) Beneath the Surface: a natural history of Australian caves. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 89-110.

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Abstract

[Extract] In 1969 two cavers from South Australia, Grant Gartrell and Rod Wells, made the discovery of their lifetimes when they crawled into an enormous new chamber in Victoria Cave, Naracoorte. The red silty floor of the chamber was littered with the bones of extinct marsupials, birds and reptiles (see plate 10). Thirty years later Rod is still leading groups of students to help excavate the unending deposit eacb year. The magic of that moment of discovery is still palpable to anyone visiting the cave today, and inspires others to become involved in the further study of cave palaeontology and sedimentology.

Item ID: 3441
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-86840-595-7
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2009 05:06
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040310 Sedimentology @ 50%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040699 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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