Pre-Quaternary landscape inheritance in Australia

Brad Pillans*

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    Palaeogeographic reconstructions indicate that parts of the Australian continent have been subaerially exposed for hundreds of millions of years. Some landforms and regolith are demonstrated to be at least 300 million years old, but their persistence at or near the surface is inconsistent with long-term denudation rate estimates based on cosmogenic nuclides and apatite fission track thermochronology. Burial and exhumation are suggested as significant preservation factors, in conjunction with prolonged tectonic stability and a shift to more arid climatic regimes in the Cenozoic.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)439-447
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Quaternary Science
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


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