Citation

Ryan, D.A., Bostock, H.C., Brooke, B.P. & Skene, D., 2009. Geomorphology and Stratigraphy of Keppel Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia. Record  2009/014. Geoscience Australia, Canberra.

Abstract

Keppel Bay is a large shallow coastal embayment adjacent to the mouth of the Fitzroy River, located on the central coast of Queensland. The geomorphology and distribution of sediment in Keppel Bay is complex due to the influence of Late Quaternary sea-level change, relict topography, a geologically diverse catchment, macrotidal hydrodynamic processes and flood events. Seabed morphology, sub-bottom profiles and sediment cores reveal the former path of the Fitzroy River across Keppel Bay and the continental shelf. The palaeo-Fitzroy River flowed west across the shelf to the north of Northwest Reef, a position on the shelf that is now under approximately 60 m of water. With the rise in sea level during the early Holocene, the mouth of the Fitzroy River retreated across the continental shelf and by the middle Holocene it was landwards of its present location, near Rockhampton. During the last few thousand years under a relatively stable sea level, much of the shallow inner region of Keppel Bay has been infilled and the coast has prograded several kilometres. Palaeochannels in the inner section of Keppel Bay have mostly been infilled with sediment, which mainly comprises muddy sand from the Fitzroy River. In the outer bay and on the shelf further west many relict channels have not been infilled with marine sediment indicating that the area is relatively starved of sediment. Sediments in outer Keppel Bay are dominantly relict fluvial deposits that are well sorted with only a minor mud component. Subaqueous dunes in the outer southeastern section of Keppel Bay and Centre Bank indicate that tidal currents and currents associated with the predominant southeasterly winds, appear to be transporting marine biogenic sediments and relict coarse terrigenous sediments into Keppel Bay.
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