Study level

  • PhD
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Honours
  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre


Dr David Murphy
Senior Lecturer in Geoscience (Earth Materials)
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science


The Earth is a dynamic evolving planet that has continually changed throughout its history. This change is recorded in the different rock types preserved in the continental crust and is paralleled by the evolution of life. Study of Archean granitic terranes (4.0-2.5 billion years ago) provides invaluable information on the early Earth when 50% of the present day volume of continental crust was generated. You will help work out how Earth's earliest crust formed through:

  • potential field work
  • petrography
  • geochemical analysis.

Research activities

A combination of field, laboratory and desktop studies will be undertaken. This is part of a larger collaborative project.
A strong interest in the subject and a background in field geology is required. You will need to work independently.



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