Preservation of geochemical signatures in lacustrine microbialites and sediments
The aim of Anderson Chagas' project is to identify geochemical signatures in modern microbialites that reflect intrinsic characteristics of depositional environments. Such geochemical signatures can aid interpretation of palaeo-depositional environments based on analyses of ancient microbialites, contributing to the knowledge of the geological history of the earth. These signatures can also potentially be employed as stratigraphic markers that are important in petroleum geology. Anderson's study will focus on diverse microbialite occurrences in south-eastern South Australia. The results of his research will be the identification of specific geochemical signatures and a comprehensive characterisation and classification of South Australian microbialites.