Collaborative Research: How is Rifting Exhuming the Youngest HP/UHP Rocks on Earth?

Lead PI: James Gaherty , Dr. W. Roger Buck

Unit Affiliation: Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

July 2007 - June 2013
Asia ; Southeast Asia ; Papua New Guinea ; Woodlark Rift
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The Woodlark Rift of eastern Papua New Guinea will be examined using geologic fieldwork, analytical work, a passive seismic deployment, rock physical properties modeling, a GPS survey, geodynamic modeling, and tectonic synthesis to improve the understanding of the processes governing the origin, structure, composition, and dynamic evolution of continental building blocks.

OUTCOMES: Land-based instruments have been deployed and data is being processed so models can be developed.