375 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour & b/w maps
The Geology of Australia 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.
Review from the previous edition:
"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
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
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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 holds an adjunct position as a Senior Principal Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, James Cook University.