The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) is publishing a compilation of the State’s geology in a new format. The series presents an understanding of the geological evolution of Western Australia that is the distillation of 30 years of geological mapping by GSWA and its collaborations with university and industry researchers. It emphasises the integration with precise geochronology and the contribution of high-quality isotopic, geophysical, and geochemistry datasets.
Two of the publications in the series have been published.
The birth of supercontinents and the Proterozoic assembly of Western Australia
WA records an almost uninterrupted history of Proterozoic tectonics, including the assembly and dispersal of the Archean cratons into global-scale supercontinents during two billion years of Earth’s history, as well as worldwide glaciation events.
Australia goes it alone — the emerging island continent (100 Ma to the present)
Geology from 100 Ma to present, including Australia’s split from Antarctica, depositional cycles between the Paleocene and the Holocene, the formation of iron ore deposits by regolith processes, WA’s seismic and earthquake history, and water resources.
Publications to come
Archean, Paleozoic and Mesozoic.
The birth of supercontinents and the Proterozoic assembly of Western Australia by Simon P Johnson
Australia goes it alone — the emerging island continent (100 Ma to the present) by AE Cockbain
Who should buy the books?
The books are aimed at geologists, and particularly newcomers to the State, to enable them to get a quick understanding of the geology and economic potential of various terrains.
Each book provides GSWA’s perspective on the geological history of the State, with a list of recommended references.