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Melbourne Thermochronology

Developing and applying low-temperature thermochronology techniques to study the evolution of Earth's crust.

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The Melbourne Thermochronology Research Group at the University of Melbourne, School of Earth Sciences specialises in the development and application of fission track and (U-Th-Sm)/He analyses of the common phosphate accessory mineral apatite and other uranium-enriched minerals, including zircon, titanite and monazite. 

The Thermochronology group conducts research across all aspects of the development of laboratory techniques, as well as their application to understanding the low-temperature history of continental crust. Applications include continental extension, the origin and evolution of rifted continental margins, the evolution of convergent orogenic belts, sedimentary basin analysis, landscape evolution, and the long-term stability of cratonic regions of the crust.

Melbourne Thermochronology works in close collaboration with the University of Melbourne's Noble Gas Geochronology and Isotope Geochemistry groups, IoliteLithodat and Autoscan, and is a principal member of the AuScope Geochemistry Network

We work all over the world.

Grindenwald, Switzerland
Prof Andrew Gleadow and a Turkana man in northern Kenya
Elgeyo Escarpment, Kenya
Dr Samuel Boone and Prof Andrew Gleadow having a field lunch in Turkana, Kenya
Digital fission track analysis
Digital micrograph of fission tracks in a Harcourt Granodiorite apatite specimen
Billefjorden Trough, Svalbard
Dr Samuel Boone on a field course in the Billefjorden Trough, Svalbard
East Dead Sea rift shoulder, southwest Jordan
Swiss Alps
The Alps, Switzerlands
Dry Valleys area, Antarctica
Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo
Laser ablation pit topography
Billefjorden Trough, Svalbard
Turkana Depression, Kenya
Wadi Ram, Jordan
Malawi Fieldwork
Dave Foster (U Florida), Andy Gleadow and Barry Kohn in Turkana, Kenya 2013
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