December 2019
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December 2019
Our mineral heritage: past, present, and looking to the future
This is an edited excerpt of a presidential address delivered at AusIMM’s 1990 Annual Conference, held in Rotorua, New Zealand I propose to speak today about our mineral heritage. In common usage, ‘heritage’ refers to the past. It means the discoveries, the developments, the mines and the processing plants, the benefits, the consequences and the human experiences flowing from these. The history of the industry, inseparable from the history of the countries in which AusIMM operates, is a Read More
December 2019
Book review: The Geology and Resources of New Zealand Coalfields (AusIMM Monograph 33)
Edited by Alan Sherwood It’s rare to see a monograph written by a sole author, but I can’t think of any other practicing coal geologist in New Zealand aside from Alan Sherwood that has the breadth of knowledge, literary skill and professional character to carry this off. Monograph 33 is an authoritative, some might say overdue, update on NZ coal deposits and the resources they contain. It runs to 279 pages and is supplemented with six appendices. The colour maps, cross-sections Read More
December 2019
$2 million in new grants to encourage exploration of greenfield areas in NSW
The New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling program is managed by the Geological Survey of NSW and is part of the state’s strategy to promote investment in its mining and resources sector Explorers now have an additional $2 million incentive to search for deposits of traditional and high-tech metals across NSW, with a new round of grants to help cover the costs of exploration drilling now on offer from the NSW government. Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Resources John Barilaro Read More
December 2019
Geological detective story leads to breakthrough
A new technique for geochronologists and sedimentologists will be put to the test in late 2019, providing unique information on the source of sedimentary rocks throughout Western Australia Accurately dating and tracking down the origin, or provenance, of rocks is critically important knowledge for explorers when targeting deposits. During the past two decades, geoscientists have used uranium-bearing minerals called zircon in sediment (detrital zircon) for the isotopic dating of rocks, Read More
December 2019
Queensland leads the charge to modernise data-driven exploration
The Geological Survey of Queensland is committed to enabling data-driven exploration in the state, and is running two new initiatives designed to modernise and make available large amounts of geoscience data In June 2019, the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) launched a pilot of the GSQ Open Data Portal. The pilot contains 400 per cent more geoscience data than was previously available to industry online. The pilot has 1264 seismic surveys and 7275 geochemical data sets for Read More
December 2019
A gateway to healthier environments in WA’s hard-rock underground mines
A recent health and environmental study of existing conditions in a hard-rock operational underground mine could greatly benefit the wider industry Recent applied research work carried out at one of Western Australia’s (WA) underground gold mines has produced some very interesting and informative data. If acted upon, this health and environmental study of existing conditions in a hard-rock operational underground mine could greatly benefit the wider industry. The program consisted of Read More