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Supercontinent Cycles and Global Geodynamics

This project aims to assemble a multidisciplinary team of hundreds of scientists and research students from around the world to address perhaps the most fundamental geoscience question of how Earth works. The team will utilise state-of-the-art expertise and facilities in paleomagmatism, geotectonics, computer modelling, and GIS and database management, including those at Curtin University's TIGeR institute.

The project will investigate the evolution of a series of supercontinents through Earth's history, the break-up of the last such supercontinents, Pangaea, led to the formation of the Atlantic, Indian and the Southern oceans. The team will further investigate how the Earth's inner engine has driven the supercontinent cycles, and establish new concepts, tools, maps and global databases to assist the modeling of global changes and the discovery of new Earth resources.

The Leader of the project is Professor Zheng-Xiang Li from Curtin University, together with Co-Leaders Professor David Evans (Yale University), Professor Shijie Zhong (University of Colorado), and Professor Bruce Eglington (University of Saskatchewan). This demonstrates Curtin University's outstanding international leadership in geosciences, and the exciting high impact research that we conduct here. Professor Li from the Department of Applied Geology is one of the only three Australian highly cited researchers appearing on Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers 2014 list.