Regolith and rock art on Burrup Peninsula, northwestern Western Australia

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The heritage-listed Burrup Peninsula and nearby islands contain the largest known gallery of aboriginal rock art (mostly petroglyphs), with probably more than 1 million images. However, industrial development around the port of Dampier is seen by some as a threat to the preservation of the rock art.

This project will investigate aspects of regolith/landform evolution on the Burrup Peninsula near Dampier in northwest WA. In particular, we will focus on the nature, age and rate of rock weathering on Burrup Peninsula to better understand the stability of the rock art and provide data for a conservation strategy. The project includes a major fieldwork component which would be undertaken in idyllic weather conditions during the winter months.

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