The Geology of Australia
The Geology of Australia provides a vivid and informative account of the evolution of the Australian continent over the last 4400 million years. Starting with the Precambrian rocks that hold clues to the origins of life and the development of an oxygenated atmosphere, it goes on to cover the warm seas, volcanism and episodes of mountain building, which formed the eastern third of the Australian continent. This illuminating history details the breakup of the supercontinents Rodinia and Gondwana, the times of previous glaciations, the development of climates and landscapes in modern Australia, and the creation of the continental shelves and coastlines. Separate chapters cover the origin of the Great Barrier Reef, the basalts in Eastern Australia, and the geology of the Solar System. This second edition features two new chapters, covering the evolution of life on Earth while emphasising the fossil record in Australia, and providing a geological perspective on climate change. From Uluru to the Great Dividing Range, from earthquakes to dinosaurs, from sapphires to the stars The Geology of Australia is a comprehensive exploration of the timeless forces that have shaped this continent.
- Paperback | 360 pages
- 228.6 x 238.76 x 20.32mm | 952.54g
- 16 Nov 2009
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
- 46 b/w illus.
Table of contents
Preface; 1. An Australian perspective; 2. The Earth: a geology primer; 3. Building the core of Precambrian rocks; 4. Warm times: tropical corals and arid lands; 5. Icehouse: Carboniferous and Permian glaciation; 6. Mesozoic warming: the great inland plains and seas; 7. Birth of modern Australia: flowering plants, mammals and deserts; 8. History and evolution of life on Earth; 9. Eastern highlands and volcanoes barely extinct; 10. Building the continental shelf and coastlines; 11. Great Barrier Reef; 12. Planets, moons, meteorites and impact craters; 13. A geological perspective on climate change; 14. Cycles in a continental journey; Index.
'This well illustrated introduction ... is particularly useful for students in that it not only deals with the geological development of the continent but also discusses the basic principles and processes of geology from a southern hemisphere perspective. ... The abundant illustrations are invariably of high quality and range from colour photos of sites, rocks and fossils to maps, cross-sections and diagrams plus plenty of other black and white illustrations from numerous sources ... along with a very full and useful bibliography and index. ... For students and other geologists who are not familiar with the geology of Australia this is an ideal starting place.' Geological Magazine
About David Johnson
David Johnson holds an adjunct position as a Senior Principal Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University.