Defects and Deformation in Olivine: From Molecules to Mantle [ 2008-01-01 - 2011-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Jonathan Kirby (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Kathleen Wright (Chief Investigator) ,  Steven M. Reddy (Chief Investigator)

Brief description Defects and Deformation in Olivine: From Molecules to Mantle. This project establishes the role of hydrogen in controlling olivine deformation, plate tectonics and mantle geodynamics. The unique application of innovative nanoscale simulation, microscale observation and geophysical characterisation ensures that results will have far-reaching impact in the Australian and International Earth Science community. In particular, our results will enable greater understanding of water migration in the mantle, the formation of deep Earth mineral resources and lead to significant improvements in the interpretation of geophysical variations in Earth's lithosphere.

Funding Amount $308,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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