P. Kershaw, S. van der Kaars

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Summary diagrams of ten pollen and charcoal records extending through the whole or a large part of the late Pleistocene interval and covering a substantial proportion of vegetation and environmental variation within Australasia, apart from the arid interior of Australia, are presented and discussed. They demonstrate marked regional variation superimposed on a basic pattern of reduced rainfall as well as temperatures during glacial periods. The records from Australia also generally show a trend toward more open canopied vegetation and an increase in charcoal that may relate to burning activities of people and/or to progressively drier or more variable climatic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science
PublisherElsevier- Hanley and Belfus Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780444536433
ISBN (Print)9780444536426
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Australia
  • Biomass burning
  • Climate change
  • Climate forcing
  • Fossil pollen
  • Human impact
  • Land-sea correlation
  • Late Pleistocene
  • New Guinea
  • New Zealand
  • Rainforest
  • Sclerophyll vegetation
  • Vegetation reconstruction

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