Geohistory Laboratory

Nodes – Lead nodes University of Melbourne and JdL Centre Curtin University

EIF funding – A$ 1.5 million

Project duration – January 2011 to December 2014

Geohistory analysis via low-temperature thermochronology of minerals and chronology of in-situ fluids will help unravel the thermal structure of the upper few kilometers of the crust. Almost all processes that disturb the temperature field of the upper crust in discernable ways are amenable to thermochronology. Low temperature thermochronological facilities will be augmented by new capability to deliver this analysis.


Left: Andy Gleadow in the new Melbourne University laboratory and, right: Brent McInnes with staff at the Cutin facility.


  • Automated AFTA analysis
  • automated analysis for uranium and other trace element concentrations in apatite and zircon mineral targets via expansion of existing Inductively coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry facilities and mineral processing facilities.
  • Automated U-Th-Pb-He analysis
    • augmentation of in situ microanalytical capabilities of rapid automated double-dating U-Th-Pb-He analysis of multiple grains (e.g., zircon, rutile, titanite, monazite, apatite) using double dating techniques.
  • New instrument platforms to increase productivity in geoscience data collection
  • New capabilities for understanding the 4D thermal evolution of the Australian continent
  • Enhanced national cooperation, knowledge generation and teaching capabilities
  • Innovative applications for the geothermal, mineral and petroleum exploration industries

Potential users for the Laser-Ablation ICP-Mass Spectrometry, Automated Fission Track Analysis, (U-Th)/He Thermochronology or Zeiss LSM700 Materials Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy Laboratories at the University of Melbourne, should contact:

Prof Andrew Gleadow or Prof Barry Kohn
School of Earth Sciences
University of Melbourne
T: +61 (03) 8344 5700 or +61 (03) 8344 7217

For access to the equipment at Curtin University potential users should contact:

Prof Brent McInnes
AuScope GeoHistory Laboratory
Department of Applied Geology
Building 312, Room 116
Curtin University of Technology
Kent Street
Bentley, WA 6102
Tel: +61 (08) 9266 2108


Brett McInness – Curtin University
Andrew Gleadow – University of Melbourne