Planetary Pulsations: Exploring Links between Superplumes, Supercontinents, and Superchrons with 3-D Spherical Mantle Convection Models

  • Stegman, David (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Richards, Mark (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Torsvik, Trond (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project aims at understanding of how planets evolve by producing computer simulations of extreme events during the geologic histories of Earth and Mars. Such planetary-scale events defined the course for rest of the planet's evolution and dramatically influenced the global climate. These will be the first fully-resolved models in 3-D spherical geometry which include coupling between fundamental processes traditionally studied in isolation: volcanic activity, magnetic-field generation, and true polar wander (re-orientation of Earth about its rotation axis). The significant innovation is linking paleogeographic reconstructions with deep Earth simulations, leading to improved reconstructions for the period of history studied.
Effective start/end date3/01/0631/12/08


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$81,980.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$223,020.00