Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160103449 [ 2016 - 2020 ]

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Researchers Prof Andrew Putnis; Dr Thomas Raimondo; A/Prof Nathan Daczko

Brief description By integrating geochemical, geochronological and microstructural datasets, this project aims to provide a novel framework for fluid–rock systems in the lithosphere. Plate tectonics argues that continental interiors are usually stable, rigid and undeformable, yet mountain belts have formed in these locations. Their existence suggests that strong crust can be weakened to allow the accommodation of deforming forces, but the underlying causes for this change in behaviour are not clear. This project aims to investigate the largely unexplored impact of fluid flow on the characteristics of intraplate deformation. This would improve our understanding of what modulates the strength of continental crust, including its susceptibility to seismic activity, and the ways in which fluids interact with the deep crust, including their mineralisation potential.

Funding Amount $319,500

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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