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 CCFS's Professor Stephen Foley, who was awarded the prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowship.

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.

ACTER 2018 Field Symposium, Qilian Mountain, August 25 – September 5 2018 More details here



The FIRST IGCP-662 workshop and field excursion will be held in China from 15 to 22 September 2018. More details here


Wang, K., Yang, Y., Basini, P., Tong, P., Tapen, C. and Liu, Q. 2018. Refined crustal and uppermost mantle structure of southern California by ambient noise adjoint tomography. Geophysical Journal International, 215 , 844-863.   View Article

Caruso, S., Fiorentini, M.L., Hollis, S.P., LaFlamme, C., Baumgartner, R.J., Steadman, J.A., and Savard, D. 2018. The fluid evolution of the Nimbus Ag-Zn-(Au) deposit: an interplay between mantle plume and microbial activity. Precambrian Research, 317, 211-229.   View Article

Denyszyn, S., Fiorentini, M., Maas, R., and Derring, G. 2018. A bigger tent for CAMP. Geology, 46, 823-826.   View Article

Lu, J., Griffin, W.L., Tilhac, R., Xiong, Q., Zheng, J. and O’Reilly, S.Y. 2018. Tracking Deep Lithospheric Events with Garnet-Websterite Xenoliths from southeastern Australia. Journal of Petrology, 59, 901-930.   View Article

Fitzpayne, A., Giuliani, A., Hergt, J., Phillips, D. and Janney, P. 2018. New geochemical constraints on the origins of MARID and PIC rocks: Implications for mantle metasomatism and mantle-derived potassic magmatism. Lithos, 318–319, 478-493.   View Article

Le Vaillant, M., Barnes, S.J., Fiorentini, M.L., Barnes, S.-J., Bath, A. and Miller, J. 2018. Platinum group element and gold contents of arsenide and sulfarsenide minerals associated with Ni and Au deposits in Archean greenstone belts. Mineralogical Magazine, Volume 82, Special Issue 3 (Special Issue dedicated to the work and memory of Professor Hazel M. Prichard (1954–2017)), 625-647.   View Article

Ge, R., Wilde, S.A., Nemchin, A.A., Whitehouse, M.J., Bellucci, J.J., Erickson, T.M., Frew, A. and Thern, E. 2018. A 4463 Myr apparent zircon age from the Jack Hills resulting from ancient Pb mobilization. Geology, 46, 303-306.   View Article

Guo Z., Wang, K., Yang, Y., Tang, Y., Chen, Y.J. and Hung, S. 2018. The origin and mantle dynamics of Quaternary intra-plate volcanism in Northeast China from joint inversion of surface wave and body wave. Journal of Geophysical Research, 123, 2410-2425.   View Article

He, W-Y, Yang, L-Q, Lu, Y-J., Jeon, H., Xie, S-X., and Gao, X. 2018. Zircon U–Pb dating, geochemistry and Sr–Nd–Hf–O isotopes for the Baimaxueshan granodiorites and mafic microgranulars enclaves in the Sanjiang Orogen: Evidence for westward subduction of Paleo-Tethys. Gondwana Research, 62, 112-126.   View Article

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