Fieldwork Showcase: King Island, Bass Strait, lutruwita/Tasmania

12th July 2021

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Professor Simon Haberle, CHL PhD candidate Matthew Adeleye, and University of Tasmania's David Bowman recently concluded an amazing round of fieldwork on the palaeoecology and fire history of King Island project, Bass Strait, lutruwita/Tasmania.Here’s a special visual glimpse into their experience onsite!

Great first day coring at Lake Martha Lavinia, King Island, Bass Strait, lutruwita/Tasmania. The island lies at the western edge of the now-submerged Bassian Plain - a glacial land bridge and cultural landscape connecting mainland Australia to lutruwita for over 40,000 years

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Fantastic fungi found at Lake Martha Lavinia, northern King Island_According to Simon, if only he had studied Mycology he could have been “thatfunguy” instead of @thatpollenguy on Twitter!

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Large transverse dunes built up over millennia of persistent westerly winds at 40 deg S on King Island trap numerous wetlands, including Bob’s Lagoon. Recent clearance of large swamp forest trees evident across the basin

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Widespread fires in 2001 and 2007 burnt into peatlands across Lavinia Plains Reserve, King Island, creating pedestals of unburnt peat. Is the destruction of peatland caused by these fires unprecedented? Cores taken from these remnant swamp deposits will answer that question.

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Check out this video footage of sediment cores from wetlands across King Island, including Pennys Lagoon—a rare perched lake. These will provide insights into Aboriginal land management, as well as climate, vegetation and fire dynamics, over many thousands of years.

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Spectacular sunset to finish fieldwork in a remarkable landscape

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Do you have fieldwork photos you'd like to share? Please send them to us at communicate.chl@anu.edu.au for our Fieldwork Showcase so we can help others live your experience!

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