[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140100622]
Researchers Prof Joerg Hermann; Prof Hugh O'Neill; Prof Trevor Ireland; Prof Yong-Fei Zheng;
Brief description Water has profound influence on many deep Earth processes ranging from melting to plate movements. Water in deep Earth is replenished by subduction. A significant part of water can be stored in nominally anhydrous minerals, such as olivine, pyroxene and garnet that result from the breakdown of hydrous phases within the subducted lithosphere. The project proposes a combined experimental and analytical project to determine how much water is transported to the deeper mantle in these minerals. This project aims to determine the incorporation mechanisms of water into these key minerals and to establish an Australian facility for water determination in minerals that has the sensitivity needed for studying deep Earth materials.
Funding Amount 250000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects