4.7 Australasia

A large extreme desert zone dominated the central part of the continent of Australia, and all areas seem to have been drier and cooler than at present. Forest cover was much diminished. In New Zealand, a large ice cap dominated the South Island, with open grassland in the North.

map of AustralasiaFigure 9: Map of Australasia (view legend)

Selected literature sources for the region of Australasia:

Allen (1990); Dodson et al.1988); Hess (1994); Hope (1987); Kershaw (1988); Kershaw et al. (1991); Markgraf et al. (1992); McGlone (1988); McGlone et al. (1993); McTaintish (1989); Nanson et al. (1992); Thom et al. (1994); van der Kaars (1990).


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