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.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University recently held their 2020 Excellence Awards, at which the Earth Dynamics Research Group was named the Research Team of the year.
The Geological Society of America has recently awarded its highest award for 2021, the Penrose Medal, to Prof. Ian Dalziel of the University of Texas at Austin and a distinguished member of IGCP 648.
An article published last year in the journal Scientific Reports, has recently been announced as one of the top 100 most downloaded earth science papers for Scientific Reports in 2020. As futher indication of it's significance it was also selected as one of 5 Editor's choice in geochemistry (Mantle).
More details of the work can be found here.
PhD graduate, Hamed Gamal El Dien, was recently acknowledged with a Chancellor's commendation for his extraordinary efforts during his doctoral research.
Congratualtions and well done Hamed!
A recently published Nature Geoscience article outlines the critical importance of water in the melting that occurs in subduction zones.
This work, lead by Prof. Bill Collins, also discusses how this fluid-fluxed melting influences the mineralogical and geochemical signatures of the continental crust.
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).