Although the major features of the evolution of life have shaped the flora and fauna on whichever continent one explores, each has its own peculiarities. These are largely because of differences in each continent’s tectonic and climatic history, coupled with the timing of evolutionary events. So, in its own way, each continent is unique. But of all the continents, Australia is special, at least in part because of its recent relative isolation from other large continental masses—an isolation that is only now coming to an end. The changing biosphere has also had a profound effect on the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere.
|Title of host publication||Shaping a nation|
|Subtitle of host publication||a geology of Australia|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Publisher||Geoscience Australia and ANU E-Press|
|Number of pages||51|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|