Living Australia

John Laurie, Brian Choo, Stephen McLoughlin, Suzanne Hand, Peter Kershaw, Glenn Brock, Elizabeth Truswell, Walter Boles, John Long

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShaping a nation
Subtitle of host publicationa geology of Australia
EditorsRichard Blewett
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherGeoscience Australia and ANU E-Press
Pages121-171
Number of pages51
ISBN (Print)9781922103437
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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