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Palynology of Oxygen Isotope Stage 6 and Substage 5e from the Cover Beds of a Marine Terrace, Taranaki, New Zealand

  • M. Royd Bussell (a1)

Cover beds on uplifted Quaternary marine terraces in the Taranaki-Wanganui area of New Zealand include organic deposits which yield abundant pollen. In the west at Ohawe, marine shore platform deposits are overlain by laterally extensive lignites and laharic breccia, interbedded with alluvium and capped by tephra-rich loess. Following a time of presumably interglacial marine deposition on the platform, a long period of glacial climate is suggested by pollen floras dominated by grass and shrubland taxa. Trees were sparse, but the abundance of podocarps, Nothofagus, and tree ferns increased during at least one interval, suggesting minor climatic amelioration. Near the top of the section, a major change in regional vegetation is recorded by a dominance of pollen derived from podocarp-hardwood forest taxa, including Ascarina, interpreted as indicating a fully interglacial climate. The marine platform, previously assigned to oxygen isotope substage 5e, is now placed in stage 7. The overlying deposits were deposited during glacial stage 6, while interglacial substage 5e is recorded by sediment and pollen assemblages near the top of the section.

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