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.





Congratulations to Phil McFadden who was awarded an AO in the Queen’s Birthday honours "For distinguished service to earth sciences as a geophysicist, through leadership of Australia's peak geoscience body, through collaboration and innovation in research, and to professional societies. Officer (AO) in the general division".

Congratulations to Dick Glen, Elena Belousova and Bill Griffin - awarded "Best Paper published in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences in 2016" View paper here.

Upcoming events

ACTER 2017 Field Symposium - Tectonics of the Lachlan fold belt and granite petrogenesis , 23–29 October 2017 Details here

CCFS sponsored 3rd Lithosphere Dynamics Workshop, UWA, Perth, 5-6 November 2017 Workshop flyer

CCFS Whole-of-Centre Meeting, Cairns
27-29 November 2017

CCFS in the Media

* Evidence of ancient life in hot springs on Earth could point to fossil life on Mars (article picked up by over 70 news outlets)


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News Archive

Hot off the press:

Shafaii Moghadam, H., Li, X., Stern, R.J., Griffin, W.L., Santos, J.F., Ghorbani, G. and Sarebani, N.   2017.  Neoproterozoic Magmatic Flare–up along the N. Margin of Gondwana: The Taknar Complex, NE Iran.  Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 474, 83-96View Article

Gardiner, N.J., Hickman, A.H., Kirkland, C.K., Lu, Y., Johnson, T.E. and Zhao, J.-X.   2017.  Processes of crust formation in the early Earth imaged through Hf isotopes from the East Pilbara Terrane.  Precambrian Research, 297, 56-76..   View Article

Liu, L.P., Li, Z.-X., Danišík, M., Li, S., Evans, N., Jourdan, F. and Tao, N.   2017.  Thermochronology of the Sulu ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terrane: implications for continental collision and lithospheric thinning.  Tectonophysics, 712–713, 10-29.View Article

Baumgartner, R.J., Fiorentini, M.L., Lorand, J.-P., Baratoux, D., Zaccarini, F., Ferriere, L., Prasek M.K. and Sener, K.  2017.  The role of sulfides in the fractionation of highly siderophile and chalcophile elements during the formation of shergottite meteorites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 210, 1-24.   View Article

Sommer, H., Jacob, D.E., Stern, R.A., Petts, D., Mattey, D.P. and Pearson, D.G.  2017.  Fluid induced transition from banded kyanite- to bimineralic eclogite and implications for the evolution of cratons.  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, (in press).   View Article

Xiong, Q., Henry, H., Griffin, W.L., Zheng, J.-P., Satsukawa, T., Pearson, N.J. and O’Reilly, S.Y.   2017.  High- and low-Cr chromitite and dunite in a Tibetan ophiolite: evolution from mature subduction system to incipient forearc in the Neo-Tethyan Ocean.  Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 172, 45: 1-22.   View Article