Mobility of platinum group elements during serpentinisation

  • Evans, Katy A. (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Reddy, Steven M. (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Schaefer, Bruce (Chief Investigator)
  • Tutolo, Benjamin (Partner Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details

Description

Rhenium-Osmium (Re-Os) geochronometry on mantle rocks is used widely to infer Earth's evolution, but most samples are hydrated, with consequent mobility of Re, which is problematic for interpretation of isotope results. This project will solve this problem by determining the effects of hydration on Re and Os. Further, our knowledge of the mobility of Re and related elements will allow us to recognise rocks that once interacted with water, even after that water has gone, providing a tool to read the record of Earth's earliest oceans. Our new methods will enable use of the Re-Os geochronometer with clarity and confidence, with profound implications for understanding of Earth and extra-terrestrial planetary
evolution.

Layman's description

By understanding how precious metals are transported by super heated water within the earth we can track the formation of the oceans and planetary evolution.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/01/2031/12/22