The Proterozoic Planetary Pivot: Oxygen, Snowballs and Metals
A MinEx CRC project looking at how sediments of the Adelaide Superbasin record the Neoproterozoic Oxygenation Event.
Even if we find life on Mars, it will be like life on Earth a billion years ago or more. Our oxygenated atmosphere, our nutrient rich seas--what makes Earth different from any other planet we know—developed while the rocks of the Flinders Ranges were deposited.
This transition to oxygenated basin waters also sees some of the major sedimentary hosted redox-sensitive metals (e.g. copper and cobalt – metals vital for new technologies).
The student doing this project will investigate geochemical proxies for redox, biological activity and salinity in rocks deposited immediately after this transition. Rocks from the Tapley Hill Formation from the Stuart Shelf, the central Flinders and possibly from the Barrier Ranges (with fieldwork and sample collection from core stores).