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The carbonate platforms of northeast Australia, the Great Barrier Reef province and the Eastern, Queensland, and Marion Plateaus, contain a record of the complex interactions between the factors that controlled carbonate deposition over the past 60 m.y. Analysis of the extensive geological and geophysical data shows that both long-term (plate motion and subsidence) and short-term (rifting, eustasy, climate, oceanography, and collision) factors influenced platform evolution.

–The size, shape, and location of the high-standing structural features on which the carbonate platforms developed was determined by continental rifting.

–Northward plate movement controlled the distribution of climate-related facies within the Great Barrier...

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