Magma transport dynamics and ore deposits

  • Cruden, Sandy (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Fiorentini, Marco (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Barnes, Steve (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Bunger, Andrew (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Jackson, Christopher Aiden Lee (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project aims to determine where, how and why narrow conduits form in crustal-scale magma plumbing systems. Since these sub-surface structures trap Nickel, Copper and Platinum Group Elements the project expects to generate new knowledge on the formation and location of highly valuable but extremely rare ore deposits by a novel integration of outcrop surveys, 3D seismic data, rock fracture mechanics and laboratory experiments. The expected project outcomes will provide fundamental science on magma transport dynamics that will to underpin future conceptual models and tools for subsurface Nickel, Copper and PGE sulphide exploration. This should provide significant benefits to industry for the search and discovery of new mineral resources.
Short titleMagma transport dynamics
Effective start/end date1/07/1930/05/23


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$12,330.00