Public lecture reveals science behind the nation

Tuesday, 14 October 2003

A public lecture at the University of Adelaide will explain how Australia's magnificent landscapes have been created.

"Making Australia: landscape, climate and tectonics" will be held at 7pm tonight (Tuesday, October 14) at the University of Adelaide's Union Hall.

Members of the public are invited to join respected earth scientists Professor Jim Bowler and Professor Mike Sandiford from the University of Melbourne in their debate on how climate change and tectonic activity have conspired in making today's incredible Australian landscape.

  • Discover why some of Australia's notorious earthquakes reveal the subsurface activity that has been shaping our landscape over millions of years;
  • Follow the history of water in the unfolding evolution of the Murray Basin and see how its landscapes show a legacy of climate change unequalled anywhere in the world.

This dynamic presentation will highlight links between tectonics, climate change and human occupation, emphasising unique insights provided by the Australian continent in the context of global change.

WHERE: Union Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
WHEN: 7pm Tuesday, October 14
COST: gold coin donation

The lecture is presented by the Geological Society of Australia in conjunction with Geology & Geophysics in the University of Adelaide's Faculty of Sciences, and is kindly sponsored by Placer Dome Ltd.


Contact Details

Associate Professor John Foden
President, Geological Society of Australia
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Discipline of Geology and Geophysics
Business: +61 8 8313 5380
Mobile: +61 417 854 879