Centre Context

Water is essential for human existence, indeed for life’s beginning. The deep circulation of water and other fluids lubricates the deep-seated dynamics that keep Earth geologically alive, and its surface habitable. Several oceans’ worth of water may be present inside Earth, and the exchange of water and other fluids between the surface and the deep interior plays a crucial role in most Earth systems, including the evolution of the surface and the hydrosphere/atmosphere/biosphere.

Until recently, a real understanding of the workings of Earth’s deep plumbing system (from the surface to 3,000 km depth) has been tantalisingly out of our reach. Now, rapid advances in geophysics are producing stunning new images of physical properties such as seismic velocity and electrical conductivity in the deep Earth, but interpretation of these images requires new kinds of data on deep-Earth materials, and especially on the effects of deep fluids and their circulation. The CCFS CoE will integrate previously disparate fields - geochemistry, petrophysics, geophysics and numerical and thermodynamical modelling - to reach a new level of understanding of Earth’s dynamics and the fluid cycle(s) through time.




News & upcoming events

CCFS Short Course on Snowball Earth
by Professor Paul Hoffman
Friday 15th July 2016

* If you missed the event you can still view the webcast here.

CCFS in the Media

* CCFS helps push earliest life on Earth back to 3.7 billion years ago - Article picked up by 231 news outlets!

* CCFS Article featured as a 'Nature Research Highlight'

* Top geologist: Israel has major deposits of precious stones

* Craig O'Neill comments on how life effects planet habitability


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News Archive

Hot off the press:

Allen P. Nutman, Bennett, V.C., Friend, C.R.L., Van Kranendonk, M.J. and Chivas, A.R. 2016. Rapid emergence of life shown by discovery of 3,700-million-year-old microbial structures. Nature, (online 31 August).   View Article

Griffin, W.L., Gain, S.E.M.Adams, D.T., Huang, J.‐X., M. Saunders, M., Toledo, V., Pearson, N.J. and O’Reilly, S.Y 2016. First terrestrial occurrence of tistarite (Ti2O3): Ultra-low oxygen fugacity in the upper mantle beneath Mt Carmel, Israel. Geology, (in press, online)   View Article

Jacob, D.E., Piazolo, S., Schreiber, A., and Trimby, P. 2016. Redox-freezing and nucleation of diamond via magnetite formation in the Earth’s mantle Nature Communications, 7, 11891, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11891.   View Article

Kaczmarek, M.-A., Reddy, S.M., Nutman, A.P., Friend, C.R.L. and Bennett, V.C. 2016. Earth's oldest mantle fabrics indicate Eoarchaean subduction. Nature Communications, 7, 10665, doi:10.1038/ncomms10665   View Article