Insights on early Earth crustal evolution from zircon and quartz from Jack Hills, Western Australia
Thesis: Investigation of inclusions in >3Ga zircons from Jack Hills, Western Australia.
Thesis: Hydrothermal alteration mechanism of US-type nuclear waste form pyrochlore.
European Geosciences Union
Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft
My main research focus has been on understanding early crustal evolution: the formation of crust and understanding potential early crustal recycling mechanisms. I have been approaching this by focussing on inclusions in detrital zircons from the Jack Hills meta-sedimentary belt in Western Australia using Raman spectroscopy to identify and characterize inclusion phases. I am currently extending this endeavour in a study based on zircons from the Granite Harbour Intrusives from north Victoria Land (Antarctica).
Meyer, M., Klemd, R., John, T., Gao, J. & Menneken, M. (accepted). An (in-)coherent metamorphic evolution of high-pressure eclogites and their host rocks in the Chinese southwest Tianshan? Journal of Metamorphic geology.
Klasa, J., Ruiz-Agudo, E., Wang, L. J., Putnis, C. V., Valsami-Jones, E., Menneken, M., and Putnis, A., 2013. An atomic force microscopy study of the dissolution of calcite in the presence of phosphate ions. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 117, 115-128.
Kusiak, M. A., Whitehouse, M. J., Wilde, S. A., Dunkley, D. J., Menneken, M., Nemchin, A. A., and Clark, C., 2013. Changes in zircon chemistry during Archean UHT metamorphism in the Napier Complex, Antarctica. American Journal of Science 313, 933-966.
Wang, L. J., Ruiz-Agudo, E., Putnis, C. V., Menneken, M., and Putnis, A., 2012. Kinetics of Calcium Phosphate Nucleation and Growth on Calcite: Implications for Predicting the Fate of Dissolved Phosphate Species in Alkaline Soils. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46, 834-842.
Menneken, M., Nemchin, A. A., Geisler, T., Pidgeon, R. T., and Wilde, S. A., 2007. Hadean diamonds in zircon from Jack Hills, Western Australia. Nature 448, 917-U5.
Poml P, Menneken M, Stephan T, Niedermeier DRD, Geisler T, Putnis A., 2007. Mechanism of hydrothermal alteration of natural self-irradiated and synthetic crystalline titanate-based pyrochlore. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 71(13):3311-3322.
Nemchin, A. A., Whitehouse, M. J., Menneken, M., Geisler, T., Pidgeon, R. T., and Wilde, S. A., 2008. A light carbon reservoir recorded in zircon-hosted diamond from the Jack Hills. Nature 454, 92-U3.