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