The Geology of Australia

Author(s): David Johnson

Popular Science

The Geology of Australia provides a vivid and informative account of the evolution of the Australian continent over the past 4400 million years. Starting with the Precambrian rocks which hold clues to the origins of life and the development of an oxygenated atmosphere, it then covers the warms seas, volcanism and multiple orogenies of the Palaeozoic, which built the eastern third of the Australian continent. This illuminating history then details the breakup of Gondwana and 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. From Uluru to the Great Dividing Range, from sapphires to the stars, The Geology of Australia is a comprehensive exploration of the timeless forces that have shaped this continent and that continue to do so.

  • Describes the origin of the Australian continent and landscapes in easy language
  • Vividly illustrated with colour images throughout
  • Many major subjects are explained: the supercontinents Rodinia and Gondwana, climate change and the development of the Australian deserts, the origin of granites and gemstones, the age of tektites, and much more


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' ... the text is always clearly expressed, and it is extremely attractively produced, with a generous number of colour photographs and most figures being in colour ... the wealth of clear and succinct information about the geology underlying all the physical features of Australia. There are full bibliographies for the more advanced reader at the end of each chapter. A very good buy.' Open University Geological Society ' ... ideal introduction to the subject for students ... useful and interesting way of dealing with geological history ... each chapter is well organised for the student reader ... attractively presented text.' Journal of Geological Magazine

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

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 - inland plains of the triassic and jurassic; 7. Birth of modern Australia - flowering plants, mammals and deserts; 8. Eastern highlands and volcanoes barely extinct; 9. Building the continental shelf and coastlines; 10. Great barrier reef; 11. Planets, moons, meteorites and impact craters; 12. Cycles in a continental journey.

General Fields

  • : 9780521601009
  • : cup
  • : cup
  • : January 2005
  • : 240mm X 250mm X 14mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Johnson
  • : Paperback
  • : 559.4
  • : 288
  • : 40 b/w illus. 83 colour illus.