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.
The Decadal plan for Australian Geoscience was successfully launched to significant media attention. See the Press Release here.
Congratulations to CCFS's Yongjun Lu, who is the recipient of the SEG Waldemar Lindgren Award for 2018.
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.
The extremely succesful 'First Workshop and traning Course' of Project IGCP-662 was held in Beijing from the 20-22 September 2018. Abstracts and photos are available here
DEEP - 2018, The International Symposium on Deep Earth Exploration and Practices will be held from 24-26 October 2018, Beijing, China More details here
IGCP 648 2018 Field Symposium - From Rodinia to Pangea: Geodynamics, Life and Climate will be held on the 1-9 November, 2018 More details here