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Demystification of the Mersey Bluff markings

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Murray, P (1980) Demystification of the Mersey Bluff markings. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 114. pp. 41-48. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The Mersey Bluff markings have been accepted as petroglyphs attributed to the Tasmanian aborigines despite well presented, concise published evidence to the contrarty. The site is now a tourist
attraction. Historical circumstances and adequate natural explanation for the markings are
largely responsible for this state of affairs. Recent geological findings indicate that the dolerite in which the markings occur, displays curviplanar and concentric jointing responsible for many features of the markings. Some
characteristics of the markings are similar to those caused by plant exudates from roots or rhizomes which
follow natural irregularities in the rocks.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 41-48
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2012 01:44
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:36
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