School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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25 October

Researchers to investigate the mystery of Thirlmere Lakes

Tim CohenStudy to look for the cause of decline in water levels

Researchers from the University of Wollongong will join with colleagues from the University of NSW (UNSW) and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in an effort to solve the mystery of the fluctuating water levels of the Thirlmere Lakes.

The lakes - Lake Gandangarra, Lake Werri Berri, Lake Couridjah, Lake Baraba and Lake Nerrigorang - are in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, close to the township of Thirlmere. They are believed to be about 15 million years old.  

9 October:

Dating the aboriginal rock art sequence of the Kimberley in north west Australia

KimberleyCaveCeilingMembers of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Prof. Richard
Roberts and Dr. Alexandru T. Codilean, together with colleagues from the Universities of Melbourne, Western Australia, and Manchester (UK), the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), and Dunkeld Pastoral Company Pty Ltd have been successful in raising a total of $1.28 million in funding via and ARC Linkage Grant administered by the University of Melbourne. The funding awarded for a period of four years will be used to develop a robust time scale for the known aboriginal rock art sequence in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA).

The research project will use new knowledge of complex processes on sandstone surfaces across the north Kimberley, and an innovative combination of four scientific dating methods to provide a well-dated sequence for Kimberley rock art based on replication of results, confirmation across different methods, and a large interdisciplinary data set. The project will allow rigorous analysis of the relationship between dating results and rock art styles that has not previously been possible, and give new insights into Australia’s deep indigenous heritage. This will have a significant impact for future efforts in rock art conservation, and lay a foundation for cultural tourism, with important benefits for the local economy and health of regional indigenous communities.

The Mike Morwood Memorial Website

A dedicated website has been developed and will be used as a memorial to Mike and the legacy he has left. Visit Mike's memorial website.