The dynamics of continent deformations

    Project: Research

    Project Description

    Examples of deformations in continent interiors are many, yet they remain unexplained by plate tectonics theory. In this project I will follow a novel approach to study the dynamic interactions between subducting plates, Earth's mantle and continents. This will provide an understanding of the controls on the formation of mountain chains and basins within continents, and their preservation over geological times. Combining the models with observation I will study how continental plates are rifted, how rifts evolve into oceans and what impact these processes have on the dynamics of our planet. This project will provide new concepts to support the understanding of plate tectonics, and reconcile it with the physics of global geodynamics.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/06/1331/12/17

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD120,000.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD255,000.00