Late Holocene swamp transition in the Torres Strait, northern tropical Australia

Rowe, Cassandra (2015) Late Holocene swamp transition in the Torres Strait, northern tropical Australia. Quaternary International, 385. pp. 56-68.

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Abstract

Pollen and charcoal analyses are presented from the islands of Mua and Badu, western Torres Strait (northern Australia). Sediment core collections from island interior Melaleuca swamps provide a record of hydrological and vegetation change through the period c.2700 BP to present. Seasonally moist-dry open herbaceous habitats are recorded prior to extensive stable boundary swamp and swamp-forest establishment. This island swamp development is important in supporting vegetation differentiated from eucalypt woodland growth. The swamps also constitute an important dry season resource and refugia. Eucalypt-dominated woodland is evident throughout the records, but is increasingly influenced by fire (in structure and composition). This palaeoecological study provides the unique opportunity to explore long term inter-island and island-mainland environmental connection in the Torres Strait. It also facilitates an examination of regional late Holocene human–environment interaction, including discussions of islander colonisation, occupation and identity as taking place within archaeological research.

Item ID: 37156
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-4553
Keywords: Torres Strait, Holocene, island, swamp, woodland, archaeology
Funders: Monash University
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 23:59
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060206 Palaeoecology @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 25%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040606 Quaternary Environments @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960304 Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts) @ 25%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 25%
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