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 IMA Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification has chosen carmeltazite as its Mineral of the Year 2018. Carmeltazite was discovered in pockets of trapped melt in corundum xenocrysts from the Cretaceous Mt Carmel volcanics of northern Israel by CCFS’s Bill Griffin, Sarah Gain, Luca Bindi (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy), Vered Toledo (Shefa Yamim Ltd., Israel), Fernando Cámara (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy), Martin Saunders (UWA) and Sue Y. O’Reilly. Read more about carmeltazite here.
Congratulations to CCFS's Bill Griffin who was made an Honorary Fellow of the Italian Society for Mineralogy and Petrology (SIMP), at their annual meeting in Parma in September. The award was given "in recognition of internationally relevant scientific and organizing contributions to the advancement of the Mineralogical Sciences and an invaluable support to strengthen the scientific relationships between the nominee’s country and Italy". (pictured with Piergiulio Cappelletti, President of SIMP).
Congratulations to CCFS's Bill Griffin, named 'Australia's Most Influential Researcher' in the field of Geochemistry and Mineralogy by The Australian 2019 Research Magazine. More here.
IN THE MEDIA - CCFS paper provides direct evidence of 3.5-billion-year-old microscopic life. View article here.
IN THE MEDIA - CCFS's Kate Selway talks to ABC's Robyn Williams about measuring the Earth's crust in Greenland... and avoiding Polar Bears! Listen here.
IN THE MEDIA - ABC NEWS - Professor Stephen Foley commented on a "Science" article using Helium 3/4 ratios in super deep diamonds to confirm the existence of a primordial reservoir. Read the article here.
Women in STEM Decadal Plan launched at Parliament House by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews. Read more here.
Industry collaboration between Shefa Yamim and CCFS Team results in new mineral discovery. Read more here.
Congratulations to CCFS's Juan Carlos Afonso, who is the recipient of an IUGG Early Career Scientists Award. The award will be presented at the XXVII General Assembly of the IUGG, Montreal, Canada, July 2019.
The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) Decadal plan for Australian Geoscience prepared by the AAS National Committee for Earth Science, chaired by Sue O'Reilly, was successfully launched to significant media attention. See press release, photos and media links 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.
A large contingent of CCFS participants attended Goldschmidt2019 in Barcelona, 18-23 August 2019. More details here
Tilhac, R., Oliveira, B.,Griffin, W.L., O'Reilly, S.Y., Schaefer, B.F., Alard, O., Ceuleneer, G., Afonso, J.C. and Grégoire, M. 2020. Reworking of old continental lithosphere: Unradiogenic Os and decoupled Hf-Nd isotopes in sub-arc mantle pyroxenites. Lithos, 354-355, 105346. View Article Le Vaillant, M., Barnes, S.J., Mole, D.R., Fiorentini, M.L., Laflamm, C., Denyszyn, S.W., Austin, J., Patterson, B., Godel, B., Hicks, J., Mao, Y.-J. and Neaud, A. 2020. Multidisciplinary study of a complex magmatic system: The Savannah Ni-Cu-Co Camp, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews, 117, 103292. View Article Baumgartner, R.J., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Wacey, D., Fiorentini, M., Saunders, M., Caruso, S., Pages, A., Homann, M. and Guagliardo, P. 2019. Nano−porous pyrite and organic matter in 3.5-billion-year-old stromatolites record primordial life; Geology, September 25 2019; https://doi.org/10.1130/G46365.1 View Article Holwell, D.A., Fiorentini, M., McDonald, I., Lu, Y., Giuliani, A., Smith, D.J., Keith, M. and Locmelis, M. 2019. A metasomatized lithospheric mantle control on metallogenic signature of post-subduction magmatism. Nature Communications, 10, Article number: 3511. View Article