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.





Women in STEM Decadal Plan launched at Parliament House by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews. Read more here.

Industry collaboration between Shefa Yamim and CCFS Team results in new mineral discovery. Read more here.

Congratulations to CCFS's Juan Carlos Afonso, who is the recipient of an IUGG Early Career Scientists Award. The award will be presented at the XXVII General Assembly of the IUGG, Montreal, Canada, July 2019.

The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) Decadal plan for Australian Geoscience prepared by the AAS National Committee for Earth Science, chaired by Sue O'Reilly, was successfully launched to significant media attention. See press release, photos and media links HERE.

Congratulations to CCFS's Yongjun Lu, who is the recipient of the SEG Waldemar Lindgren Award for 2018.

Congratulations to CCFS's Professor Stephen Foley, who was awarded the prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowship. Steve will give the 'GSA Ringwood Medal Lecture' Keynote at the upcoming AGCC Meeting.

Dick Glenn (with co-authors Ian Fitzsimons, Bill Griffin and Ayesha Saeed) received The Stillwell Award - The best paper of the year as judged by the editorial board of the Geological Society of Australia.  View the article here.

The extremely succesful 'First Workshop and traning Course' of Project IGCP-662 was held in Beijing from the 20-22 September 2018. Abstracts and photos are available here

DEEP - 2018, The International Symposium on Deep Earth Exploration and Practices will be held from 24-26 October 2018, Beijing, China More details here
IGCP 648 2018 Field Symposium - From Rodinia to Pangea: Geodynamics, Life and Climate was held on the 1-9 November, 2018 More details here


Earth's Oldest Rocks: Edition 2. Martin J. van Kranendonk, Vickie Bennett, Elis Hoffmann (eds) October 5, 2018, Elsevier.

Bindi, L., Cámara, F., Griffin, W.L., Huang, J.X., Gain, S.E.M. and O’Reilly, S.Y.   2019.   Discovery of the first natural hydride.   American Mineralogist, 104, 611-614.   View Article

Nestola, F., Jacob, D.E., Pamato, M.G.,Pasqualetto, L., Oliveira, B., Greene, S., Perritt, S., Chinn, I., Milani, S., Kueter, N., Sgreva, N., Nimis, P., Secco, L. and Harris, J.W. 2019. Protogenetic garnet inclusions and the age of diamonds. Geology, 47, 431-434.   View Article

Dering, G.M., Micklethwaite, S., Cruden, A.R, Barnes, S.J. and Fiorentini, M.L. 2019. Evidence for dyke-parallel shear during syn-intrusion fracturing. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 507, 119-130.   View Article

Soares, G.G., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Belousova, E. and Thomson, S. 2019. Phosphogenesis in the immediate aftermath of the Great Oxidation Event: Evidence from the Turee Creek Group, Western Australia. Precambrian Research, 320, 193-212.   View Article

Abersteiner, A., Kamenetsky, V.S., Goemann, K., Guiliani, A., Howarth, G.H., Castillo-Oliver, M., Thompson, J., Kamenetsky, M. and Cherry, A. 2019. Composition and emplacement of the Benfontein kimberlite sill complex (Kimberley, South Africa): Textural, pertographic and melt inclusion constraints. Lithos, 324-325, 297-314.   View Article

Zhou, X., Zheng, J.P., Li, Y.B., Griffin, W.L., Xiong, Q., Moghadam, H.S., and O’Reilly, S.Y. 2019. Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks track the location of the Lhasa Block during the Rodinia breakup. Precambrian Research, 320, 193-212.   View Article

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