Recent geodynamic modelling published in the new Nature journal Communications Earth and Environment shows that while the break-up of a supercontinent is triggered by mantle plumes, the locations for the development of continental rifts is largely guided by the orogens.
Adapted from Dang et al., 2020.
Three recent contributions from Ms Silvia Volante show the distinct stages of evolution of the c. 1.6 billion-year orogenic belt in NE Australia and supports the previously published continental collision between the Laurentian and Australian blocks during the final assembly of the Supercontinent Nuna.
Photo credit: Zheng-Xiang Li
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 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.
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!
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!
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.
Important upcoming events
The next seminar of the IGCP 648 VSS will be on 27th Nov. 2020 at 00:00 GMT, with Dr Daniel Pastor-Galán, an Assistant Professor from Tohoku University, Japan, presenting: What makes a continent "super"?
Please take note of the time zone. The seminar will be Thursday PM Americas; Friday AM Aus/Asia.
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
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).