Publisher description for The geology of Australia / David Johnson.


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Counter 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.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Geology Australia, Geology, Stratigraphic, Paleogeography Australia, Paleontology Australia, Physical geography Australia