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The Geology of Australia provides a vivid and informative account of the evolution of the Australian continent over the past 4,400 million years. Starting with the Precambrian rocks which hold clues to the origins of life and development of an oxygenated atmosphere. It then covers the warm seas, volcanism and multiple orogenies of the Palaeozoic which built the eastern third of the Australian continent, then the breakup of Gondwana and development of climates and landscapes in modern Australia, and finally the development 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. The book would be of interest to high school students, university students, any professionals working in the natural sciences, and the interested general public, especially those travelling through Australia.
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Table of Contents

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 - inland plains of the triassic and jurassic; 7. Birth of modern Australia - flowering plants, mammals and deserts; 8. Eastern highlands and volcanoes barely extinct; 9. Building the continental shelf and coastlines; 10. Great barrier reef; 11. Planets, moons, meteorites and impact craters; 12. Cycles in a continental journey.

About the Author

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

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' ... ideal introduction to the subject for students ... useful and interesting way of dealing with geological history ... each chapter is well organised for the student reader ... attractively presented text.' Journal of Geological Magazine

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