Simon Harley


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Current Research Interests

Metamorphism at high temperatures; geological development of Antarctica and Gondwana; tectonic histories of Archaean and Proterozoic shields; experimental studies of mineral and mineral-melt equilibria; geochemistry of basement terraines.

My research in a nutshell

In this video Simon describes how when continents collide the deep crust can get remarkably hot. Just how hot, and for how long, is a big issue that radioactive minerals such as zircon can help resolve.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Garnet-orthopyroxene assemblages as indicators of Pressure-temperature histories of granulites, University of Tasmania

Award Date: 1 Jan 1982

Bachelor of Science, Geology of the Barnawartha-Yackanaderra area, N Victoria, The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 1 Jan 1978


  • QE Geology
  • metamorphism
  • granulites
  • orogens
  • nuclear waste
  • zircon
  • geochronology
  • Thermodynamics
  • Earth evolution
  • Archaean
  • Antarctica


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