Integrated Chronologies & Dynamics Of Continental Extension

Grant number: DP0345931

Abstract

Knowledge about how the Earth's crust is stretched and eventually broken apart to form new ocean basins is fundamental to understanding the evolution of the continents, their resources and the surface environment of our planet. This project combines new methods of analysing the temperature history of rocks to trace their progress towards the surface with direct measurements of the rate of surface erosion following extensional movements. This integrated approach will be used to examine some of the best-characterised examples of continental extension in Arizona, Mexico and Africa to cast new light on the development of older extensional environments in Australia.