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The Geology of Australia : 2nd Edition - David Johnson

The Geology of Australia

2nd Edition


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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.

About The Author

David Johnson holds an adjunct position as a Senior Principal Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University.


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    Comments about The Geology of Australia:

    For anyone without specialist knowledge in geology this is a very good introduction to the geology and evolution of the Australian continent.

    Read about glaciers in the Pilbara, the formation of Uluru and Kata-Tjuta, the movement of continents, the journey of Australia so far and where it is heading...a fascinating read.

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    '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

    An Australian perspective
    The Earth: a geology primer
    Building the core of Precambrian rocks
    Warm times: tropical corals and arid lands
    Icehouse: Carboniferous and Permian glaciation
    Mesozoic warming: the great inland plains and seas
    Birth of modern Australia: flowering plants, mammals and deserts
    History and Evolution of Life on Earth
    Eastern highlands and volcanoes barely extinct
    Building the continental shelf and coastlines
    Great Barrier Reef
    Planets, moons, meteorites and impact craters
    A Geological perspective on climate change
    Cycles in a continental journey
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    ISBN: 9780521767415
    ISBN-10: 0521767415
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 360
    Published: 4th November 2009
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 24.0  x 2.4
    Weight (kg): 0.65
    Edition Number: 2
    Edition Type: Revised