Rocks, Fossils and Formations

Discoveries Through Time

April 2023
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    11th April 2023
  • ISBN 9781486310968
  • Language English
  • Pages 120 pp.
  • Size 8.46" x 9.84"
  • Images 48 color illus

Have you ever wondered about those rocks under your feet? How old they might be? How they got their color and texture? Could they contain some unknown mineral or fossil treasure?

Rocks, Fossils and Formations: Discoveries Through Time is an introduction to geoscience, which uses clues in rocks and the landscape to tell the story of the Earth. It's a story so old and so fascinating that it's almost hard to believe – except that the evidence can be seen all around us!

Come on a 4.6-billion-year-long time travel adventure to explore rocks, minerals and fossils, meet ancient plants and animals, and discover how the continent of Australia was created!

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 9 to 14.


  • Explores the geological history of the Earth with a focus on Australian rocks and fossils.
  • Explains key geological concepts using examples from the Australian landscape.
  • Illustrates the amazing creatures that were alive (based on fossil evidence) at various eras in history.
  • Helps children understand the Earth and the evolution of life through geological time: concepts such as the age of the Earth, the rock cycle, volcanoes, plate tectonics, the formation of precious metals and gems.

1: The Hadean Eon (4600–4000 million years ago)
2: The Archean Eon (4000–2500 million years ago)
3: The Proterozoic Eon (2500–541 million years ago)
4: The Paleozoic Era (541–252 million years ago)
5: The Mesozoic Era (252–66 million years ago)
6: The Cenozoic Era (66 million years ago – Present day)
Epilogue: Geoscience of the future

Thomas R. H. Woolrych

Thomas R. H. Woolrych is a science communicator and exploration geoscientist with a passion for discovering the secrets of the Earth. He enjoys sharing this passion and looking for minerals.

Anna Madeleine Raupach

Anna Madeleine Raupach is a multidisciplinary artist based on Ngunnawal, Ngambri country, Canberra. Her practice spans drawing, moving image, installation and digital media to explore expressive interpretations of scientific concepts.

Geoscience; fossils; dinosaurs; geology; Australian rocks and fossils; volcanoes; geological periods