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 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

CCFS sponsored Rodinia 2017: Supercontinent Cycles and Global Geodynamics, 11-14 June 2017, “Seagulls” Conference Resort, Rowes Bay, Northern Queensland Second circular

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 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)

* Congratulations to Juan Carlos Afonso who will receive the 2017 Anton Hales Medal


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News Archive

Hot off the press:

Djokic, T., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Campbell, K.A., Walter, M.R. and Ward, C.R.  2017.  Earliest signs of life on land preserved in ca. 3.5 Ga hot spring deposits. Nature Communications, 8, 15263, doi:10.1038/ncomms15263    View Article

Xiong, Q., Griffin, W.L., Zheng, J.-P., Pearson, N.J. and O’Reilly, S.Y.  2017.  Two-layered oceanic lithospheric mantle in a Tibetan ophiolite produced by episodic subduction of Tethyan slabs.   Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 10.1002/2016GC006681.  View Article

Johnson, T.E., Brown, M., Gardiner, N.J., Kirkland, C.L. and Smithies, R.H.  2017.  Earth’s first stable continents did not form by subduction.  Nature, doi:10.1038/nature21383  View Article