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The Geology of Australia

The Geology of Australia

by David Johnson
     
 

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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

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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.

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For a single author to cover such a huge range of information is a considerable undertaking. Johnson has taken the opportunity of this new edition to update information and improve the balance of topics by upgrading the sections on palaeontology and climate change. 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, all carefully listed at the back, along with a very full and useful bibliography and index. The production quality is high and although already 348 pages long, the book is not unwieldy and could reasonably be expanded somewhat in future editions. For students and other geologists who are not familiar with the geology of Australia this is an ideal starting place." - Douglas Palmer, Geological Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107385511
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/16/2009
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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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