Compressional Deformation and Uplift of Australia's Passive Southern Margin [ 2008 - 2011 ]

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Researchers Prof RR Hillis; Dr SP Holford; Dr P Green; Dr MS Stoker

Brief description The key project benefit will be to advance our understanding of the processes which cause active deformation of continental margins that are predicted by plate tectonic theory to be passive. We will analyse Australia's 'passive' southern margin because it is an ideal natural laboratory in which to investigate the causes of the deformation of 'passive' continental margins. Hydrocarbon exploration interest and investment has waned along much of Australia's southern margin because of lack of understanding of the relative age of the formation of potentially hydrocarbon-bearing structures and the timing of hydrocarbon charge. This project will clarify their relative ages.

Funding Amount $413,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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