Shaping a Nation

Posted 21 November 2012

Shaping a Nation cover.

A new book available produced by Geoscience Australia charts the history and evolution of the Australian landmass, including a substantial chapter on groundwater resources.

Released at the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane in August 2012, the book tells the story of Australia's geological evolution through the lens of human impacts - illustrating both the challenges and the opportunities presented by the geological heritage of the 'lucky country'.

The text was produced primarily by 54 authors as well as numerous lesser contributors, and reviewed by experts from Australia and around the world.

The chapter entitled Groundwater - lifeblood of the continent explores the journey of the development and use of Australia's groundwater resources.

This comprehensive work details the importance of recognising the connections that groundwater can have with rivers, wetlands and ecosystems and how this means understanding groundwater processes is fundamental to resolving many of Australia's natural resource management problems.

The book is available as a free download from the Australian National University E Press web site.

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