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Research Highlights

Deep mantle unveils a two-faced Earth

Research led by scientists in the Earth Dynamics Research Group, and published in Nature Geoscience, suggests that the Earth has two chemically distinct hemispheric ‘faces’ or domains.

Early whole mantle remixing suggests a start of global plate tectonics before three billion years ago

New work, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that after the initial chemical stratification and formation of a hard shell in the first billion years of our planet’s history, there was a major chemical ‘stir-up’ some 3.2 billion years ago.

Credit: National Geographic


  • New article in Nature Geoscience!

    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.

  • Dr Sergei Pisarevsky awarded Russian Megagrant

    Dr Sergei Pisarevsky was recently awarded a Russian "megagrant" for the project "Orogenesis: Assembly and Growth of Continents and Supercontinents". The grant will lead to the creation of a new facility at the Institute of the Earth's Crust, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

    Congratulations Sergei!

  • Daniel Brennan awarded best student geologic map

    PhD student Daniel Brennan was recently awarded the best student geologic map at the 2019 Geological Society of America's Annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Well done Dan!

  • Prof. Zheng-Xiang Li recognised in 2019 Class of AGU Fellows

    Professor Zheng-Xiang Li has been named in the list of 62 new AGU Fellows to be honored at the AGU Fall Meeting 2019 in San Francisco, California.

    Congratulations Prof. Li!

  • IGCP 648 2019 Field Symposium - A Geologic Transect of Madagascar

    The IGCP 648 2019 Field Symposium on the Precambrian evolution of Madagascar was well attended, with 31 geoscientists representing 11 countries. Read an entertaining account of the symposium written by Prof. Damian Nance.



    Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Tectonics and Earth Resources

  • CCFS

    ARC Center of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems

  • TIGeR

    The Institute for Geoscience Research

  • Applied Geology

    The Department of Applied Geology, Curtin University

  • WASM

    Western Australian School of Mines

Important upcoming events

  • Our first virtual seminar series has come to a close. After 15 weeks of seminars we will take a short break, but rest assured that we will be back shortly with a new round of speakers. 
    Stay tuned for future seminar series announcements.

    A great many thanks to Dr Sheree Armistead for her extraordinary efforts in organising this and making it a great success!

    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.

Community Feature Article

Understanding how supercontinents form and drift apart

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 Applied Geology’s research fellow and lecturer, Chris Spencer, has seen him visit many exotic and remote locations around the world, documented on his travel blog Traveling Geologist – check out some of the incredible photos.

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