Caves reveal Australia wasteland's secret past

Post cave-related articles published in the mainstream media here. Please observe copyrights, posting only short excerpts with link to full article.

Moderator: Moderators

Caves reveal Australia wasteland's secret past

Postby Squirrel Girl » Feb 12, 2016 11:54 am

The iconic Nullarbor Plain is a vast expanse of desert straddling South and Western Australia, which receives less than 30cm of rain annually and is nearly entirely devoid of trees.
This inhospitable landscape is generally believed to have evolved in a linear fashion, becoming increasingly more arid in response to a cooling event in the southern hemisphere, which began around 14 million years ago.
But now, scientists at the University of Melbourne say a mysterious period of rapid warming, beginning five million years ago, dramatically altered the landscape of the Nullarbor Plain, bringing substantially more rain and allowing new plant life to flourish
Barbara Anne am Ende

"Weird people are my people."
User avatar
Squirrel Girl
Global Moderator
Posts: 3189
Joined: Sep 5, 2005 5:34 am
Location: Albuquerque, NM
NSS #: 15789

Return to Caves, Caving In The News Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users