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Impressions-at-Fowlers-Gap-No2-Ben Beeton Limited Edition Print

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Published on May 16, 2012

The breakup of the continent of Rodinia 750 million years ago is the dominant map in this work. A map of Australia during the Ordovician (490 to 443 million years ago) is featured in the bottom left. The blue area of this map depicts the Larapinta seaway. Drawings of plants from the Daintree are used to reference the tropical forests that were similar to the Daintree which once existed across almost all of Australia; these are the winged pods and the broader leaves. An Ichthyosaur swims in Australia?s inland sea during the Cretaceous (top right corner). Overlaid maps and satellite images of Fowler Gap may be seen (left side). The bottom right landscape is based on a photo I took outside of Fowlers Gap - I altered this photo to attempt to depict a landscape after glaciations. The bottom right shows a small diagram of the formation of mesas from extinct rivers. The majority of the bottom of this work features a photo which I took outside of Broken Hill. Once massive glaciers covered this ancient landscape, I manipulated my photo to depict the remains of a mountain range after the bite of this glacial event but millions of years before the present.
Acknowledgements: Maps and satellite photography sourced from The Greening of Gondwana by Mary White, geologists at Fowler Gap research station and The Geology of Australia by David Johnson

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