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Geoscience Research Group


Unearth your potential and discover the world!

Planet Earth is a dynamic place. Geological processes, driven by the internal heat of Earth and energy from the sun, mould vast mountain ranges and deep ocean basins, which are constantly being carved up by the erosive action of water and air. The Earth system is composed of numerous, interacting sub-systems such as rivers, beaches, oceans, soils, biosphere, volcanoes and faults that result in a continually changing surface expression. The diversity of landforms makes Earth an interesting place to live and has allowed life itself to flourish.

By enrolling in a Geoscience major (Bachelor of Science) or a post-graduate program (Masters, PhD) you will learn about and investigate geological processes that are fundamental to our understanding of the ground beneath our feet. A Geoscience major will give you a broad knowledge in the fields of environmental geology, natural hazards (eg. earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods, drought, climate change, el nino), coastal and fluvial processes, plate tectonics, mountain building, earth resources, mining and rehabilitation, palaeontology, sedimentology, igneous and metamorphic processes, mineralogy, geochemistry, structural geology and field mapping.

Geoscientists are responsible for reading and interpreting Earthís history in order to manage itís future. It is a multi-disciplinary field, drawing on all aspects of science. You will be involved in a number of fieldtrips in order to map and get first hand experience of different geological environments and you will be using the latest technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and geographic positioning systems (GPS) to map and interpret our physical environment.

Summary of activities as at 2003

The major activities of the Geoscience Research Group are in the fields of petroleum geology, Cambrian and Tertiary palaeontology, geomorphology and geomorphometry, Quaternary geology, sedimentology and economic geology.

The major projects undertaken recently in petroleum geology were:

In the last year more attention has been paid to the study of slope stability problems and the geology of the last 2 million years and in particular, the last 100,000 years. Detailed geomorphometric analysis was undertaken of the newer volcanics of south-eastern Australia.

Fifteen papers/abstracts were either published or accepted for publication in 2000.

Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of this group are:

Research interests

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Associate Professor Jim Jago - Group Leader / Co-ordinator

Dr Robert Wiltshire

Dr Ian Clarke

Dr Mark Bishop

Prof. John Cann