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Australian landscapes

A new book on Australian geomorphology

Brad Pillans1 and Paul Bishop2

1 Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
2 School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK

Australian Landscapes (Bishop & Pillans 2010) is the third major volume in a trilogy of edited books on Australian geomorphology that have been published in the last 50 years, the previous two volumes being Landform Studies from Australia and New Guinea (Jennings & Mabbutt 1967) and Landform Evolution in Australasia (Davies & Williams 1978). There is a strong thread running between these three volumes, not only through the enduring theme of the antiquity of Australian landscapes, but also through the people themselves. Joe Jennings, who was Professor of Geomorphology at ANU from 1953 to 1978 and considered by many to be the father of modern Australian geomorphology, was an editor of the first volume. The second volume marked the retirement of Joe Jennings, and one of Joe’s former PhD students, Martin Williams, was an editor of that volume, while Paul Bishop, an editor of the third volume, was a PhD student of Martin Williams.

Australian Landscapes was born out of discussions at the 13th biennial conference of the Australian & New Zealand Geomorphology Group (ANZCGG), held in Queenstown in Tasmania in February 2008, and provides an up-to-date statement on the geomorphology of Australia. A wide range of environments and topics are covered, including karst, coasts, glaciation, tectonics, biogeomorphology and deserts, showcasing the latest geochronological techniques and remote sensing methods.

Further details about the book may be accessed online through the Lyell Collection of the Geological Society:

Davies, J.L. & Williams, M.A.J., (1978). Landform Evolution in Australasia. ANU Press, Canberra.
Jennings, J.N., Mabbutt, J.A., (1967). Landform Studies from Australia and New Guinea. ANU Press, Canberra, 434 pp.
Bishop, P. & Pillans, B. (2010). Australian landscapes. Geological Society of London Special Publication 346.