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  • Writer's pictureSam Boone

The Melbourne Low-Temperature Thermochronology Archive: Then and Now


As part of the AuScope Geochemistry Network (AGN) webinar series, the Melbourne Thermochronology Research Group shared their insights into effectively archiving an extensive sample set collected over several decades in a collaborative and FAIR way.


The University of Melbourne Thermochronology Research Group and collaborators Lithodat, discuss the history of the group's vast sample archive and the integration of the related data into AusGeochem, an open cloud-based data platform for Australian-produced geochemistry data from around the globe. This is the 3rd webinar installment from the AuScope Geochemistry Laboratory Network, a network of geochemistry laboratories endeavouring to create, coordinate, promote and develop national geochemistry research infrastructure in Australia.

Abstract: The University of Melbourne Thermochronology Research Group is home to the world’s largest low-temperature thermochronology archive, comprising more than 20,000 apatite, zircon, titanite and monazite separates from across the globe, along with their associated mounts, photomicrographs and geochemical, fission track and (U-Th)/He data. Since its inception in 1971, the collection has continually evolved to adapt to an ever more digitised and interconnected world. Today, the collection is undergoing another radical transformation, with the development of a new in-house relational database to archive its physical specimen and the publication of the associated thermochronology data via the AusGeochem Platform.

You can watch the Webinar in full here.

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