Unearthing the Marginal Terranes of the South Australian Craton: Keystone of Proterozoic Australia

  • Betts, Peter (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Baines, Graham (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Giles, David (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Schaefer, Bruce (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Fairclough, Martin (Partner Investigator (PI))

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    The geological structure and evolution of unexposed basement of the South Australian Craton are poorly constrained yet hold the keys to understanding the Proterozoic amalgamation of continental Australia. This project will use geophysical data to constrain the 3D structure of the crust and rock samples obtained from rare exposures and scientific drilling to constrain the rock types, petrophysical properties, provenance and age of the basement. This project will define the architecture of the major crustal blocks, and determine their geological evolution. The results will underpin models for terrane accretion, continental growth and reorganization, and provide a framework for mineral exploration.
    Effective start/end date1/01/0831/12/14


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$194,056.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$235,944.00
    • Monash University
    • Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) (South Australia): A$200,000.00
    • University of Adelaide
    • Macquarie University