- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 27, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521841216
- ISBN-13: 978-0521841214
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,036,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Geology of Australia
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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
This book provides a vivid and informative account of the evolution of the Australian continent over the past 4,400 million years. It would be a fascinating read for high school students, university students, any professionals working in the natural sciences, and the interested general public, especially those travelling through Australia.
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It is therefore fortunate that two recent books summarizing the vast island continent are both excellent;
- this book (and presumably also the soon-to-be-released third edition) is clearly written and well-structured, and it is not oversimplified in the way that all too many popular-level science books are.
- another good read for the serious non-professional geology aficionado (with a strong science background) or for the beginning-to-intermediate geology student is:: "Shaping a Nation : A Geology of Australia" (editor: R.S. Blewett)(Publisher: Geoscience Australia, and Australian National University)(e-book also available)
Both books are suitable for the sort of “non-specialist with very strong scientific interests and strong curiosity” who wants to understand Australia's geology in enough detail that the reader arrives at real understanding and insight. They also provide a good overall conceptual framework for students who are beginning their studies of Australian (and general) geology at tertiary institutions.
This work by Johnson is concise, not overlong, densely detailed, and written at the best possible level for the layperson (or the beginning geology student at college or university) who wants to go beyond simple explanations;
it is at a readership-level between the typical “semi-popular science book” and a university (or advanced college) geology textbook. So you get structured and cogent explanations that give the detailed insights which are too often lacking in glossy popularizations, but you don't get bogged down in too many intricate details (which is often what happens when you read a textbook).
This work is extremely well illustrated with profuse images and diagrams and graphs (all of which are relevant to the text and therefore generate clear understanding), and it somewhat resembles a stripped-down tertiary geology textbook in its structure and writing and appearance; so you get all the details that you need, but none of the information that you don't need! Thus the book is also very useful for beginning to mid-level University & Advanced-college geology students who want to start with a really good overview of Australian geology that will help them to master a conceptual framework for the vast numbers of intricate details and facts that will soon have to be acquired by the university student of geology. In fact, you will also learn a lot of general geology by reading this book.
I would also like to stress that this is a scholarly work by a well-regarded worker in geology. Indeed the book is good enough to be often cited in the professional literature of geology.