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Provenance of sand and mud in turbidites using detrital zircons and neodymium isotopes

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Academic background
Sciences
Host campus
Dunedin
Qualification
Master’s
Department
Geology
Supervisors
Dr Candace Martin, Dr Mike Palin

Overview

Turbidites are widespread sedimentary deposits of economic and scientific importance. They dominate Mesozoic sedimentary rocks of the Eastern Province and younger Cenozoic basins. This project will address a basic question: where does the sand and mud in a turbidite come from? Early results indicate very different sources. The work will involve field documentation of samples, petrography, XRD and Nd isotope analysis of mudrocks, and U-Pb dating of detrital zircons in sandstones by LA-ICP-MS.

Recommended preparation: GEOL262/362, GEOL263/363 and GEOL273/373 or equivalent.

Geology Turbidite Provenance
Turbidite Provenance.

Contact

Candace Martin
Email   candace.martin@otago.ac.nz