Cambrian River Terraces and Ridgetops in Central Australia: Oldest Persisting Landforms?

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Science  15 Aug 1986:
Vol. 233, Issue 4765, pp. 758-761
DOI: 10.1126/science.233.4765.758


Fluvial sediments in paleovaileys cut in the Ashburton surface of the Davenport province of central Australia form terrace remnants that appear to retain their original depositional tops and have probably existed as subaerial landforms since their inception. Marine fossils in sediments conformable with the fluvial sediments near the southeast margin of the province give a Cambrian age for the terraces; the Ashburton surface forming the ridgetops between the paleovalleys is Cambrian or older.