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 - Please register by Friday 30 June 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:

Henry, H., Tilhac, R., Griffin, W.L., O'Reilly, S.Y., Satsukawa, T., Kaczmarek, M.-A. Grégoire, M. and Ceuleneer, G. 2017. Deformation of mantle pyroxenites provides clues to geodynamic processes in subduction zones: case study of the Cabo Ortegal Complex, Spain.  Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters, 472, 174-185.   View Article

Glen, R.A., Fitzsimons, I.C.W., Griffin, W.L. and Saeed, A.  2017.  East Antarctic sources of extensive Lower–Middle Ordovician turbidites in the Lachlan Orogen of the southern Tasmanides, eastern Australia.   Australian Journal of Earth Science, 64, 143-224.   View Article

Ramsay, R.R., Eves, A.E.M., Wingate, M.T.D., Fiorentini, M.L., Batt, G., Rogers, K., Gwalani L.G. and Martin, S.  2017.  Detrital zircon geochronology of the Speewah Group, Kimberley region, Western Australia: evidence for intracratonic development of the Paleoproterozoic Speewah Basin.   Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 64, 419-434.   View Article

Eglinger, A., Thebaud, N., Zeh, A., Davis, J., Miller, J., Parra-Avila, L., Loucks, R., McCuaig, C.  2017.  New insights into the crustal growth of the Paleoproterozoic margin of the Archean Kéména-Man domain, West African craton (Guinea): Implications for gold mineral system.   Precambrian Research, 292, 258-289.   View Article

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