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Elena Belousova is a Research Fellow in the ARC National Key Centre for Geochemical Evolution and Metallogeny of Continents (GEMOC) at Macquarie University, Sydney.  Previously Elena was an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow and then a holder of the Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Innovation Fellowship.

My current research aims to establish TerraneChron® (integrated U-Pb, Hf-isotope and trace-element analyses) as the industry-standard frontline exploration reconnaissance tool in appropriate terranes and to use the new relevant applications, methods and knowledge to better decipher the nature of crustal evolution and the geochemical fingerprints of geodynamic processes.

Research interests

  • broad surveys of the trace-element signatures of zircon and apatite in a wide range of rock types and mineral deposits, developing new methods that apply accessory minerals to exploration
  • in situ U-Pb age dating of zircons using the laser-ablation microprobe ICPMS
  • the Nu Multicollector ICPMS for in-situ analysis of Hf isotopes in zircon
  • the TerraneChron® methodology development: the integration of different techniques obtaining U-Pb age, Hf isotope and trace-element composition on the same zircon grain, and interpretation of these signatures in terms of crustal evolution history
  • TerraneChron® collaborative applied studies with BHPBilliton, WMC, Anglo Australia, Codelco and Stockdale, includingprojects using detrital zircons to study crustal evolution in the Yilgarn Craton and Mount Isa Eastern Succession, and exploration related projects in the Arivalli Craton of India and the Amazon Basin of South America
  • research work that includes the study on the processes of continental crust generation through time, and in specific tectonic settings on the Australian continent.

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Ore deposits and tectonic evolution of the Lachlan Orogen, SE Australia

Belousova, E., Meffre, S., Whittaker, J., Norman, M., Cracknell, M., Collins, W., Cooke, D., Maas, R., Arundell, M., Huston, D., Robert, M. & Greenfield, J.

14/12/16 → …

Project: Research

ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS) (ARC)

O'Reilly, S., Wilde, S., Griffin, B., Pearson, N., McCuaig, T., Wu, F., Kerrich, R., Brown, M., Gessner, K., Mainprice, D., Nemchin, A., Van Kranendonk, M., Foley, S., McCammon, C., Clark, S., Kilburn, M., Belousova, E., Fiorentini, M., O'Neill, C. J., Yang, Y., Barley, M. & Li, Z.

21/06/11 → …

Project: Research

Research Outputs

Rutile records for the cooling history of the Trans-North China orogen from assembly to break-up of the Columbia supercontinent

Wang, C., Lai, Y-J., Foley, S. F., Liu, Y., Belousova, E., Zong, K. & Hu, Z., 1 May 2020, In : Precambrian Research. 346, p. 1-10 10 p., 105763.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Age, Hf-isotope systematic of detrital zircons and the sources of conglomerates of the Southern Demerdzhi Mountain, Mounatinous Crimea

    Rud'ko, S. V., Kuznetsov, N. B., Belousova, E. A. & Romanyuk, T. V., Sep 2019, In : Geotectonics. 53, 5, p. 569-587 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A reconstruction of a Vendian–Cambrian active continental margin within the Southern Urals: results of detrital zircons studying from Ordovician terrigenous rocks

    Ryazantsev, A. V., Kuznetsov, N. B., Degtyarev, K. E., Romanyuk, T. V., Tolmacheva, T. Y. & Belousova, E. A., Jul 2019, In : Geotectonics. 53, 4, p. 485-499 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A search for sources of the detritus of Ordovician sandstones from the Sol-Iletsk block (Ordovician-2 borehole) based on the first data of the geochemical and Lu/Hf isotopic systematics of zircons

    Romanyuk, T. V., Belousova, E. A., Kuznetsov, N. B., Gorozhanin, V. M. & Gorozhanina, E. N., Jul 2019, In : Doklady Earth Sciences. 487, 1, p. 795-799 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Composition and age of plagiogranitoids in the south of the lake zone (Western Mongolia)

    Rudnev, S. N., Mal'kovets, V. G., Belousova, E. A., Tret’yakova, I. G. & Gibsher, A. A., 2019, In : Russian Geology and Geophysics. 60, 11, p. 1205-1228 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Nancy Millis Medal

    Elena Belousova (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Other distinction