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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.


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CCFS in the Media

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

* CCFS helps push earliest life on Earth back to 3.7 billion years ago - Article picked up by 231 news outlets!

* CCFS Article featured as a 'Nature Research Highlight'

 

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Gardiner, N.J.,Kirkland C.L., Van Kranendonk, M.J.  2016.  More than Average: The Juvenile Hafnium isotope signal as a record of global supercycles.  Scientific Reports, 6, 38503.  View Article

Puetz, S.J., Condie, K.C., Pisarevsky, S.A., Davaille, A., Schwarz, C.J. and Ganade de Araujo, C.E.  2017.  Quantifying the evolution of the continental and oceanic crust. Earth-Science Reviews, 164, 63-83.  View Article

Chassé, M., Griffin, W.L., O’Reilly, S.Y., and Calas, G.  2017.  Scandium Speciation in a World-Class Lateritic Deposit. Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 3, 105–114. doi:10.7185/geochemlet.1711    View Article

Griffin, W.L., Gain, S.E.M.Adams, D.T., Huang, J.‐X., M. Saunders, M., Toledo, V., Pearson, N.J. and O’Reilly, S.Y  2016.  First terrestrial occurrence of tistarite (Ti2O3): Ultra-low oxygen fugacity in the upper mantle beneath Mt Carmel, Israel. Geology, 44, 815-818.   View Article

Milan, L.A., Daczko, N.R., Clarke, G.L. and Allibone, A.H.  2016.  Complexity of in-situ zircon U-Pb-Hf isotope systematics during arc magma genesis at the roots of a Cretaceous arc, Fiordland, New Zealand.  Lithos, 264, 296-314.   View Article

Guo, Z., Yang, Y. and Chen, J.   2016.  Crustal radial anisotropy in Northeast China and its implication for the regional tectonic extension.   Geophysical Journal International, 207, 197-208. View Article