Wagga and the Ice Age

Emu in the snow

What was it like in Wagga during the Ice Age; and how do we know?

We all have seen the familiar pictures of the Ice Age: the thick ice sheets; the woolly mammoths; and, of course, the cave-dwelling Neanderthals (who eked out such a miserable existence at the edge of the ice fields of Europe). This course will examine the global history of the Pleistocene Ice Age and compare the conditions in Australia with that imagery. It will use evidence from the landscape, sediments, and soils of the Wagga area to build a picture of the environment in our area during the last Ice Age and compare it with conditions in the rest of Australia and also Europe and North America at the time. Remember, large swaths of Eurasia and North America was uninhabitable at this time while Australia was populated by a vibrant and technologically advanced group of modern people – no Neanderthals in Australia.

An explanation for the cause of the Ice Age will be presented and fitted into the accepted pattern of climatic history over geological time. Will the ice sheets return? If so, when? How does this scenario fit with the present climatic events associated with accelerating global warming?

This course will be delivered by Tony Dare-Edwards in three sessions on Thursday morning beginning on 20th October 9:30-11:30am at Mary Kidson Hall.