The Banda Arc is composed of volcanic inner arc, outer arc islands and a trough parallel to the Australian continental margin which curves in horse-shoe shape around the Banda Sea. Being the source of the latest plate tectonics discoveries and having high hydrocarbon potential, it is the focus of active scientific debate.
Banda Arc Provenance Studies
This project will investigate provenance of Mesozoic sandstones on Seram, Timor, Sumba and other Banda arc islands, using heavy mineral analysis, detrital zircon U-Pb dating and Hf-isotope analyses. New data will give new insights into the ages, origin, timing of separation and pathways of basement blocks beneath this area.