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Research Highlights

Will Earth’s next supercontinent form by closing the Pacific Ocean or the Atlantic Ocean?

In work recently published in National Science Review EDRG members used sophisticated geodynamic modelling to examine the factors controlling the alternative ways by which supercontinents are formed, and predict how the next supercontinent will likely form.

Figure 1. Amasia

Changes in Earth’s surface landscape from supercontinent Pangea and superocean Panthalassa 200 million years ago (a) to the present-day configuration (b), and three possible ways of forming the next supercontinent Amasia (c-e).

Metamorphic record of 2 billion years of plate tectonics and supercontinent cycles

A recent study led by EDRG member, Yebo Liu, attempted to discover if a clear spatiotemporal correlation between different types of metamorphism and active convergent plate margins holds true back to 2 billion years ago. The study has been published in Geology.

Palaeogeographic maps of metamorphic occurnces.


  • Simulating one billion years of mantle convection

    An informative article in Eos Magazine discusses the intriguing mantle reference frame geodynamic model published by the EarthByte Group, and invitied EDRG's Prof Zheng-Xiang Li to comment on the findings and the importance of incorporating geological constraints.

  • Pia Wajarri school students the next science rock stars

    EDRG member Dr Luc Doucet has been instrumental in organising the visit of Pia Wadjarri remote community students to Curtin University in Perth.

  • PhD gradute awarded "best Ph.D" at award ceremony

    Dr Gamaleldien was awarded the Krishna & Pamela Sappal Prize, acknowledging his exceptional doctoral research and producing the best doctoral thesis in Geoscience during 2021.

    Congratulations Hamed!

  • 2022 EDRG Annual Science retreat

    The Earth Dynamics Research Group held their Annual Science Retreat in May, coming full circle to once again visit the venue where the original planning meeting was held in 2016.

  • Article listed in the 2021 Top 100 Scientific Reports

    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 2021.

    The article reports the discovery that diamonds found in oceanic rocks and the so-called super-deep continental diamonds share a common origin of recycled organic carbon deep within the Earth’s mantle.

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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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