Mantle evolution of southern Patagonia
- Focus: unravelling the evolution of southern Patagonian mantle and the continental separation of South America and Antarctica
Scientists from the Museum and the University of Cambridge are unravelling the evolution of mantle rocks in southern Patagonia to learn more about the continental separation of South America and Antarctica.
The geochemistry of subcontinental lithospheric mantle beneath Patagonia reflects the complex mantle evolution that occurred beneath Gondwana, an ancient supercontinent.
Our scientists are studying Patagonian mantle rocks to learn more about the break-up of Gondwana, in particular the separation of South America and Antarctica during the Late Mesozoic to Early Cenozoic orogeny.
This project focuses on the extensive and extremely valuable Museum collection of mantle xenoliths from Pali-Aike, Patagonia.