Have you ever wondered about those rocks under your feet? How old they might be? How they got their colour and texture? Could they contain some unknown mineral or fossil treasure? Rocks, Fossils and Formations: Discoveries Through Time is an introduction to geoscience, which uses clues in rocks and the landscape to tell the story of the Earth. It's a story so old and so fascinating that it's almost hard to believe – except that the evidence can be seen all around us! Come on a 4.6-billion-year-long time travel adventure to explore rocks, minerals and fossils, meet ancient plants and animals, and discover how the continent of Australia was created! Reading level varies from child to child, but this book is recommended for ages 9-14.
- Explores the geological history of the Earth with a focus on Australian rocks and fossils.
- Explains key geological concepts using examples from the Australian landscape.
- Illustrates the amazing creatures that were alive (based on fossil evidence) at various eras in history.
- Helps children understand the Earth and the evolution of life through geological time: concepts such as the age of the Earth, the rock cycle, volcanoes, plate tectonics, the formation of precious metals and gems.
Thomas R. H. Woolrych is a science communicator and exploration geoscientist with a passion for discovering the secrets of the Earth. Thomas is based in Germany.
Anna Madeleine Raupach is a multidisciplinary artist based on Ngunnawal, Ngambri country, Canberra. Her practice spans drawing, moving image, installation and digital media to explore expressive interpretations of scientific concepts.
"This beautifully presented book takes readers on a 4.6 billion year time travel adventure to explore the rocks, minerals, fossils and other life of planet earth, with particular focus on Australia. [...] a book like this one is a hands-down winner." * Kids Book Review *
"With its accessible text,photographs and diagrams, it is one that will appeal to any reader who has an interest in this subject, perhaps a stepping stone for all those who are deeply inspired by the reign of the dinosaurs and want to know so much more than just the habits and habitats of those creatures and delve into even bigger secrets. Who knows what new careers might be launched" -- Barbra Braxton * The Bottom Shelf *
"For those older children, and indeed adults who are interested in fossils, rocks, minerals and earth's formation, this is a well-researched and easily accessible publication that provides an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of this fascinating topic." -- Kathryn Beilby * ReadPlus *