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Dynamic Earth models for frontier diamond exploration

Grant


Collaborating Organisation


Scheme


  • Linkage Projects

Abstract


  • This project aims to investigate the link between continent motion and mantle upwelling over the last billion years by combining tectonic reconstructions and recently developed dynamic earth models with the global and Australian rock record. Mantle upwelling is thought to cause eruptions of large volcanic provinces and kimberlites, the primary source rock for diamonds. The project expects to develop a technique to map kimberlite potential in under-explored regions such as Australia. Significant benefits from the project will be the reduction of economic risks in diamond exploration, the training of a researcher in exploration geodynamics, and understanding the link between supercontinents and mantle upwelling.

Date/time Interval


  • 2017

Geographic Focus


Sponsor Award Id


  • LP170100863

Local Award Id


  • 126608

Collaborating Organisation


Scheme


  • Linkage Projects

Abstract


  • This project aims to investigate the link between continent motion and mantle upwelling over the last billion years by combining tectonic reconstructions and recently developed dynamic earth models with the global and Australian rock record. Mantle upwelling is thought to cause eruptions of large volcanic provinces and kimberlites, the primary source rock for diamonds. The project expects to develop a technique to map kimberlite potential in under-explored regions such as Australia. Significant benefits from the project will be the reduction of economic risks in diamond exploration, the training of a researcher in exploration geodynamics, and understanding the link between supercontinents and mantle upwelling.

Date/time Interval


  • 2017

Geographic Focus


Sponsor Award Id


  • LP170100863

Local Award Id


  • 126608