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Research Highlights

A new way for life to survive Snowball Earth

Work undertaken by EDRG team members (both current and previous) and collaborators has been published in Nature Communications which helps solve two long-standing riddles in the Snoball Earth hypothesis. Why were there still significant variations in the layers of sediment deposited at that time, and how could life survive?

The iron and silicon-rich bands in Australia’s Flinders range demonstrate that during Snowball Earth climate cycles didn’t stop. Image Credit: University of Southampton

The world’s largest plagiogranite formed by reworking of juvenile crust, not in a mid-ocean ridge environment as commonly assumed

Published in Nature journal Communications Earth & Environment, the EDRG team and collaborators report the world’s largest known plagiogranite complex in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. Data indicates that the complex was produced by extensive partial melting of the accreted oceanic lower crust (as a proto-continental crust) instead of the previously known mechanisms in mid-ocean ridge environments.

A field photo of the plagiogranite complex with mafic enclaves.


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Important upcoming events

  • The final seminar of series 3 was held on 22nd July 2021.

    The IGCP648 Virtual Seminar Series will return for a fourth season in September 2021.

    View more information about the seminar series and watch some of the recorded previous seminars.

    Please use the online form to sign up and participate in our future seminar series.

  • London Ontario | Canada | 1 - 5 November, 2021

    IGCP 648 are sponsoring session "SS-20 Secular evolution of the Earth's paleogeography, geodynamic processes and geodynamo" at the upcoming GAC-MAC 2021 hybrid meeting.

    The call for abstracts is currently open and the submission deadline is 22 July, 2021.

    Please see the session flyer for more information about the session.

Community Feature Article


Prof. Li was recently featured in an article discussing the work that we do in the Earth Dynamics Research Group. The article was produced by Futurum, a magazine and online platform aimed at inspiring young people to follow a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The article also includes a link to an activity sheet for students and teachers. For more information, teaching resources, and course and career guides, see

CCFS Short Course on Snowball Earth by Professor Paul Hoffman

A CCFS-sponsored short course on the global climatic phenomenon known as Snowball Earth was held at Curtin University on 15 July, 2016.

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Traveling Geologist

The work of previous EDRG team member, Chris Spencer, has seen him visit many exotic and remote locations around the world, documented on his travel blog Traveling Geologist. The page has now expanded to provide a platform for other Earth scientists to share their adventures – check out some of the incredible photos and stories.

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