Urban geology of the Toowoomba conurbation, SE Queensland, Australia

Willey, Edwin (2003) Urban geology of the Toowoomba conurbation, SE Queensland, Australia. Quaternary International, 103 (1). pp. 57-74. ISSN 1040-6182


Lying 125 km west of Brisbane on the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range, the conurbation of Toowoomba is mainly floored by basalts and associated rocks of the late Tertiary Main Range Volcanics (MRV). Land surfaces including lateritic profiles developed before, during and after the eruption of the MRV. Subsequent latest Tertiary and Quaternary denudation has resulted in westward migration of the Great Divide with the development of the east-facing escarpment. The topography and soils developed on these rocks provide a range of surficial conditions which must be considered in urban planning and development. Located on the Great Divide, the conurbation depends chiefly on pumping from surface reservoirs at lower levels for its water supply; groundwater from aquifers in the MRV represents both a source of supply and a strategic resource. The MRV provides blue metal and road base.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: geology; laterite; topography; urban area; volcanic rock; water supply
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040606 Quaternary Environments
05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050399 Soil Sciences not elsewhere classified
04 Earth Sciences > 0403 Geology > 040303 Geochronology
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Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/S1040-6182(02)00141-6
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/14392

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