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Cosmogenic radionuclide chronology of pre-last glacial cycle moraines in the Western Arthur Range, Southwest Tasmania.


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Kiernan, K, Fink, D, Greig, D and Mifud, C 2010 , 'Cosmogenic radionuclide chronology of pre-last glacial cycle moraines in the Western Arthur Range, Southwest Tasmania.' , Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 29, no. 23-24 , 3286-3297 , doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.07.023.

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Cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al exposure ages of 12 boulders from two moraine complexes in the Western Arthur Range of southwest Tasmania, which previously were considered to have been deposited during the Last Glacial Maximum, predate the Last Glacial Cycle. Zero-erosion minimum exposure ages range from 95 ka to 232 ka based on weighted mean 10Be and 26Al ages per boulder. For a reasonable choice of erosion rates, 10Be boulder ages range from 105 to 326 ka, respectively. Although a direct association of moraine construction to a specific marine isotope stage (MIS) glaciation is not definitive, erosion-corrected exposure ages indicate glacial advances commensurate with MIS-6 and -10, although the latter advance may be attributable to MIS-8 if the erosion rate correction is an over-estimate. Given the relatively close proximity of the dated moraines to their source cirques, this new cosmogenic glacial chronology implies a very limited extent for any younger glacial advances that occurred in the Western Arthur Range during the Last Glacial Cycle (post MIS-5) including the global LGM.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kiernan, K and Fink, D and Greig, D and Mifud, C
Journal or Publication Title: Quaternary Science Reviews
ISSN: 0277-3791
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.07.023
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