Lowe, D. J., & Newnham, R. M. (1999). Advances in Quaternary tephrostratigraphy and tephrochronology in New Zealand. Quaternary Australasia, 17, 12–19.
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This paper summarises recent studies on Quaternary tephra deposits in New Zealand, and refers to a range of tephrochronological applications including sequence stratigraphy, palaeoclimatic reconstruction, and archaeology. Topics touched upon include tephrostratigraphy, geochronology, geochemical correlation techniques, volcanology, and volcanic hazards and impacts. Some key tephra marker beds, ranging in age from 0.65 ha to 1.63 Ma, are identified. Recently-acquired tephra-bearing cores from both terrestrial and deep-sea environments, extending through or beyond the Quaternary, provide great potential for detailed, fine-resolution volcanological and palaeoenvironmental studies. The tephra-based research in New Zealand demonstrates the importance of tephra deposits as stratigraphic markers, dating tools, and recorders of volcanic eruption history. An extensive reference list is provided.
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