Take a walk through the Earth's history
24 November 2009
Now you can cover 4.6 billion years of the Earth's geological history while you enjoy an easy one-kilometre walk, following the official opening of Geoscience Australia's new Geological TimeWalk by the Minister for Resources, Energy, and Tourism, The Hon Martin Ferguson, AM MP, in Canberra today.
The TimeWalk has been established as a permanent exhibition to commemorate the 200th birth year of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species.
"The Geological TimeWalk takes visitors on a unique journey where they can explore the geological, climatic and biological events that have shaped the Earth as we know it today," Minister Ferguson said at the official opening of the new TimeWalk today.
"It provides a physical dimension to help us appreciate the length of time and the complexity of the evolution of planet Earth."
The TimeWalk highlights the vast ages of most of Australia's mineral resources, dating back to the Mesoarchean Era and the Mesoproterozoic Era, some 1 200 million years ago. It also features many of Australia's tourist icons, including The Warrumbungles in northern NSW, the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. These tourist icons are all products of the geologically recent Neogene Period, between two and half million and 23 million years ago.
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