High resolution reconstruction of the Central and Eastern Indian Ocean

Project Summary
Plate reconstruction models for the rifting and separation of Gondwanaland’s conjugate margins continue to be poorly constrained. We propose to develop a new, high-resolution plate model for the central and eastern Indian ocean by synthesizing old and new geological and geophysical data utilizing combined French and Australian advanced software for magnetic anomaly modeling and plate tectonic reconstructions. We will test alternative continental fit reconstruction hypotheses by using a variety of reconstructed data sets. Such a joint research is timely, as the Indian Ocean continental margins become the focus of intense oil and gas exploration. 

Funding Agency
International Science Linkages Program (ISL), French-Australian Science and Technology (FAST) Program 2010-2011

Project Participants
Prof Dietmar Müller
Prof Jerome Dyment (Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP))
Dr Joanne Whittaker
Ana Gibbons
Jensen Jacob (Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP))

Related Projects
Gondwana Evolution