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The Geology of Australia

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: December 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107432413

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  • This book documents the rich and spectacular heritage of the Australian continent over the last 4400 million years. Now in its third edition, The Geology of Australia provides a comprehensive overview of Australia's geology, landscapes and Earth resources. Beginning 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 that 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. This third edition features two new chapters on geological time and Paleozoic orogenic rock systems and mountain building, and new and updated illustrations and full-colour images.

    • The only contemporary book that provides comprehensive coverage of Australian geology in a single volume
    • Provides an understanding and perspective of Australia's very rich geological heritage in the rocks and landscapes in which we live
    • This revised edition includes new and updated illustrations, and full-colour images
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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107432413
    • dimensions: 242 x 230 x 18 mm
    • weight: 1.12kg
    • contains: 224 colour illus. 25 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations and units
    1. An Australian perspective
    2. The Earth: a geology primer
    3. Telling geological time
    4. Building the core of Precambrian rocks: the cratons
    5. Paleozoic orogenic rock systems and mountain building
    6. Warm times: tropical corals and arid lands
    7. Icehouse: Carboniferous and Permian glaciation
    8. Mesozoic warming: the great inland plains and seas
    9. Birth of modern Australia: flowering plants, mammals and deserts
    10. Fossils and the Australian record of past life in context
    11. Eastern highlands and volcanoes barely extinct
    12. Building the continental shelf and coastlines
    13. Great Barrier Reef: a unique part of the continental shelf
    14. Cycles in a continental journey
    Epilogue
    Sources and references
    Index.

  • Authors

    Robert Henderson, James Cook University, North Queensland
    Robert Henderson is an Emeritus Professor at James Cook University, North Queensland. He joined the academic staff of James Cook University in 1969 following a post-doctoral post as a Fulbright Fellow and Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, Massachusetts, and served as President of the Geological Society of Australia from 1998 to 2000.

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

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