New Research Highlights
New insights into the Tibetan Plateau
A recent Tectonics article provides new insight into the nature and evolution of the Tibetan Plateau. This work focuses on the Longmenshan Fault Zone (LFZ), a tectonic boundary between the Tibetan Plateau and the Sichuan Basin of the South China Block.
Recent results from the eastern Kimberley craton produced a well defined paleopole for the 1.8 Ga Hart Dolerite. Comparing this with existing data from proto-Australia and Laurentia between 1800-1400 Ma suggests that there were two stages of assembly between Australia and Laurentia during the assembly of Nuna.
The IGCP 648 annual field symposium was held in the Three Gorges and Shennongjia regions in South China between 1 - 9 Nov., 2018. A wonderful recount of the symposium has been written by one of the student attendees, Ms Georgina Virgo.
The fourth annual ACTER field symposium was held from 25th August to 3rd September, 2018 in the Gansu Province, a historical and cultural province lying between the Tibetan and Loess plateaus in north-western China.
Professor Zheng-Xiang Li featured in The Australian's 2018 Lifetime Achievement Leaderboard, and named the Field Leader for Geology.
(source: The Australian, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, pages 37 to 96)
Astrobiology Magazine wrote an article on a recent paper (co-authored by our own Dr Ross Mitchell) about the rising phosphorus content in basalts as Earth cools over time. (Image credit: NASA.)
A fantastic article in Scientific American about one of the groups recent publications.
Important upcoming events
Delhi | India | 2-8 March 2020
Symposium 4.1 Supercontinent Amalgamation, Breakup, and the Driving Forces will be a dedicated session where members of IGCP 648 and other researchers will present and discuss their latest progresses in the studies of supercontinent cycles and the geodynamic driving forces.
More information can be found on the congress website or in the second circular.
Vienna | Austria | 7–12 April 2019