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The Geology of Australia
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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.

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This book provides a vivid account of the evolution of the Australian continent over the last 4400 million years.

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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'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
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

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