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Notes on the possible oscillation of levels of land and sea in Tasmania during recent years

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Shortt, J (1889) Notes on the possible oscillation of levels of land and sea in Tasmania during recent years. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 18-20.

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Abstract

During the years 1883, 1884, 1885, and l886, or immediately
prior to the eruption at Tarawera, this island, and the South-Eastern portion of the mainland of Australia, were frequently shaken
by earth tremors; and as such disturbances are often
known to be associated with local changes of sea and land, it appeared to me to be of great importance to ascertain whether any recent change could be traced along the coast-line of this island.
The exception, however, is of peculiar interest, as it affords
us some information, so far as the locality is concerned, in
which this fixed tide mark occurs. The tide mark here referred
to is situated on the North side of the "Isle of the Dead,"
which lies off Point Puer, Port Arthur. This mark was cut
in the rock broad arrow form, on the 1st July, 1841, by the
then Deputy-Assistant Commissary-General, Mr. Lempriere.
The aim was to establish a permanent mark at the zero point, or general
mean level of the sea, as determined by the tidal observations
which Mr. Lempriere had conducted with perseverance and
exactness.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 18-20
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2012 04:30
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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