Thermal structure and evolution of the Australian continent

Grant number: DP0987765 | Funding period: 2009 - 2017

Completed

Abstract

Australia contains 40% of the world's known uranium resources. Uranium, with thorium and potassium, are heat-producing elements which affect the way temperature varies within the Earth. Outcomes from this project will lead to a better understanding of the potential for geothermal energy in Australia and provide a framework for assessing Australia's uranium resource. Understanding the crustal thermal regime is also fundamental to our knowledge of many earth processes. The project will enhance Australia's international research standing, provide training for an early career researcher and contribute to the development of an environmentally sustainable Australia, a National research priority.