The infilling of a terminal floodplain wetland complex

Martin Thoms, Scott Rayburg

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    Flood plain–wetland complexes are mosaics of physical units and the sediments contained within these various units often display spatial and temporal complexity. This paper reconstructs the environmental history of a mosaic of geomorphic units within a large terminal flood plain–wetland complex in southeastern Australia in order to identify how the sediment character of the mosaic has changed through time. Sediment cores, up to 14 m in depth, were extracted from one flood plain and three lake units. Stratigraphy and multivariate analysis on these cores reveal a complex environmental history with sediment character highly variable in both time and space. All four geomorphic units—lake and flood plain—have undergone a convergent evolution from unique initial states. This study highlights how numerical methods, in association with standard sedimentological techniques, can assist in unravelling the environmental history of a temporally and spatially diverse landscape
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)389-398
    Number of pages10
    JournalIAHS Proceedings and Reports
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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