The link between cratonic roots, redox state, and mantle geodynamics

  • O'Neill, Craig John (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Hansen, Steven (Chief Investigator)
  • O'Reilly, Sue (Chief Investigator)
  • Griffin, Bill (Chief Investigator)
  • Begg, Graham (Partner Investigator)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    This project aims to understand the role of Earth's redox state on the geodynamic evolution of continental cratonic roots. Cratonic roots form strong, buoyant rafts upon which Australia's oldest crust and mineral deposits survived. Cratons preserve a record of planetary-scale chemical shifts, including the rise of surface oxygen, but it is unclear how these redox shifts themselves affected lithospheric processes. This project integrates new developments in geochemistry, geophysics, and geodynamics, to map the geochemical state and structure of cratonic roots, aiding mineral exploration, and also shedding light on the processes that modify, mineralise, and sometimes destroy cratonic roots.
    Effective start/end date10/03/219/03/24