Shaping a Nation

Shaping a Nation – a geology of Australia

This book holds a mirror to timeless geological processes that have shaped a magnificent country. It shows how our nation has evolved by utilising the natural endowment of this continent that has formed on the back of nearly four billion years of geological processes.

This absorbing documentation of Australia’s geological history and how it has shaped our society highlights the value of geoscience information and how it underpins our economy and well-being.

A very strong reflection of this history is how plate tectonics has placed Australia adjacent to the
fastest growing region on the planet, thus enabling Australians to rise to the challenges that our global economy now faces: energy security, developing cleaner and alternative energy technologies, the impact of climate change and the safety and resilience of communities to recover from devastating natural hazards.

This book is available for a free download through the Australian National University.  Click here to visit the website.

Fast Facts

  • Queensland’s resources sector in 2015-16 supported one in every seven Queensland jobs and $1 in every $5 of the economy
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland’s resources sector in 2015-16 supported one  in every seven Queensland jobs.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • The Queensland resources sector’s land disturbed ‘footprint’ covers just 0.1% of Queensland’s total land surface.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • The Queensland resources sector  covers  just 0.1% of Queensland’s total land surface.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland has more than half of Australia’s demonstrated economic resources of lead , zinc and silver, nearly 60% of Australia’s demonstrated economic resources of bauxite and and 13% of its copper resources.
    Source: Queensland Government Mining Update

  • Queensland’s resources sector in 2015-16 delivered 1 in every five dollars of the state’s economy through our spending in Queensland.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland has more than half of Australia’s demonstrated economic resources of lead, zinc,  silver  and bauxite and  13% of Australia’s demonstrated economic resources of and copper.
    Source: Queensland Government

  • Queensland’s resources sector in 2015-16  supported one in every seven Queensland jobs.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland’s resources sector in 2015-16 delivered one in every five dollars of the state’s economy through its spending in Queensland.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland is an important producer of gold, mineral sands, phosphate and magnesite.
    Source: Queensland Government