The geology of Shark Bay

The geology of Shark Bay

Author: Playford, PECockbain, AEBerry, PFRoberts, APHaines, PWBrooke, BP

Publication date: 03 December 2013

Format: Book

Type: Bulletin 146

Pages: 297

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    Shark Bay is an area of major interest to geologists, historians, and members of the general public. The natural attributes of the area are of major international importance, hence its designation as a World Heritage Area.

    Major features

    Details of five decades of research on Shark Bay, focusing especially on:

            world-renowned stromatolites of Hamelin Pool

            complex sand dunes, delineated by Digital Elevation Modelling (DEM)

            mega-tsunamis that struck the Shark Bay and Pilbara areas in the recent past

            birrida evaporite pans, filled with gypsum

            coquinas and coquinites of the bivalve Fragum erugatum

            the high fault-line scarp of the Zuytdorp Cliffs, resulting from normal faulting along the Zuytdorp Fault during the Late Pleistocene and perhaps early Holocene

            recent thrust faulting along the Hardabut Fault

            elevated cormorant mangal deposits on Faure Island, pointing to recent uplift

            solar-salt, mineral sands, gypsum, and other economic commodities

            the human history of the area, beginning with the visit of Dirk Hartog in 1616 and followed by a succession of famous navigators

            more than 400 large-format colour photographs and diagrams, highlighting the area’s unique geology and physiography. The book will be of particular interest to:

            geoscientists worldwide

            geology, geography, science teachers and students

            academics and students studying earth sciences

            members of the public interested in Western Australian environments and landscapes, and the early history of this unique area.


  • Keywords and localities
    Aboriginals, dunes, faulting, fault line, folding, geomorphology, guano, gypsum deposits, islands, mangroves, pearls, salinity, salt production, claypans, stromatolites, tides, tsunamis, Shark Bay, Peron Peninsula, Nanga Peninsula, Edel Land Peninsula, Hamelin Pool, L'Haridon Bight, Faure Sill, L'Haridon Sill, Dirk Hartog Island, Faure Island, Dorre, Bernier, Koks Islands

  • Broadterms
    Geological mapping, Geomorphology, Geophysical interpretation, Regional geology, Stratigraphy, Structural geology, Tectonics

  • Commodities
    Building stone, Gypsum, Limestone, Mineral sands, Salt, Sand, Shells; Shell grit

  • Geological ages
    Cenozoic, Cretaceous, Neogene, Paleogene, Quaternary

  • Maps