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Petrogenesis and PTt history of Paleoarchean gneisses from the East Pilbara Terrane

The study of Paleoarchean terranes (3.6 Ga-3.2 Ga) provides invaluable information about the early Earth. During this time period up to 50% of the present day volume of continental crust was generated. The characteristic Archean dome and keel crustal architecture has been suggested to form during distinctly different tectonic regimes compared to the modern Earth.Various projects are available including PhD, Masters, Honours and VRES to work on the Paeoarchean to Mesoarchean samples from the East Pilbara Terrane. …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Development of natural mineral based novel materials for water harvesting from the air

Development of novel materials for agricultural use with the aim to increase water availability from soil for plants in arid area has been one of the most important research topics. However, available products are very limited and more importantly, they are very expensive and not environmental friendly, which make them not practical for real use.In addition, most of these materials adsorb moisture at very high relative humidity (RH), consequently, we need a viable solution to the capture of water from …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Disciplines
Nanoscience
Geology and geochemistry
Environmental technologies
Environmental technologies
Sustainable environments
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

The sedimentology and depositional environment of the Lower Whakataki Formation associated with the onset of subduction.

In the Pahaoa area Paleocene pelagic carbonate successions are well exposed. The limestone formation consists of fine pelagic limestone interbedded with calcite-cemented glauconitic sandstones and tilted 40° to 50° NW. Interbedded turbidites are also common features within the limestone successions. The Paleocene successions are unconformably overlain by Lower Miocene successions comprising turbidite and olistostrome deposits associated with the onset of subduction. The contact hypothesized to be the result of propagation of deformation to the northeast or deposition of olistostrome in …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Study levels
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Evaluation of the camp scale architecture controlling komatiite emplacement in the Leinster Willuna camp

The northernmost 200 km of the 600 km long Kalgoorlie Terrane, referred to as the Agnew-Wiluna Belt, contains several Tier 1 Ni-Cu-PGE deposits, such as Mt. Keith and Perseverance, and is one of the most highly nickel-endowed belts in the world.Despite recent structural and volcanological investigations in the southernmost part of the belt, there is still a poor understanding of how these stratigraphically-hosted deposits relate to the camp- and regional-scale volcanic architecture.Knowledge of the fundamental architecture is critical for developing …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Value-added building materials using Queensland’s natural mineral resources

This project aims to develop new and improved bricks for the household consumer and building construction markets. The project will use pilot trials to demonstrate that current production methods can be modified to generate improved brick qualities by including suitable amounts of locally-sourced industrial minerals as surface finishes or bulk additives.Existing and undeveloped sources of industrial minerals – clays and oxides – such as kaolinite, hematite, magnetite, pyrolusite, diatomite and pyrophyllite will be evaluated to impart new properties for specialised …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Mechanical systems and asset management
Geology and geochemistry
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

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