October 2019
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October 2019
Obituary: Dr Anthony Richard ‘Tony’ Norman
1959-2019 Dr Anthony Richard 'Tony' Norman Tony Norman, a well-known and respected international exploration consultant and expert structural geologist, died suddenly and unexpectedly at his Melbourne home in May. Born and raised in Sydney, Tony embodied a strong family ethos and displayed much energy, practicality and intellect in everything he pursued. Like many of his peers, Tony developed his love of being in the outdoors as a Boy Scout: fishing, bushwalking and mountaineering Read More
October 2019
How the JORC Code affects mining finance
As the mining sector continues on an upward trajectory, miners and explorers have an important imperative to assure investors and stakeholders that their Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve estimates can be trusted. Since we cannot totally escape the risk and uncertainty related to minerals projects, more transparent, consistent and balanced views of technical confidence will better inform both internal and external stakeholders, particularly investors, about the expected risk in the Read More
October 2019
Obituary: Michael Oley
1944-2019 Michael Oley After graduating in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Michael Oley joined the CRA (now Rio Tinto) Group at its operations in Broken Hill, NSW. He was based there eight years, although he spent extended periods at Weipa, North Queensland and Palabora, South Africa.  In May 1975, Michael joined the corporate consulting group of Roan Consolidated Mines (RCM) at their head office in Lusaka, Zambia. RCM operated a number of copper Read More
October 2019
Obituary: Don Morley
1940-2019 Don Morley. Donald Marshall Morley was born in Brisbane on 11 February 1940. Don’s mother, Evelyn (nee Marshall) died in 1948 and his father – to enable him to continue his own career and the travel that it involved – enrolled Don as a boarder at Brisbane Boys College. Don successfully completed his secondary education in 1957. It was no surprise Don decided on a career in mining as his father, Ian Morley ISO, had a long and distinguished career in the industry including Read More
October 2019
Book review: Society of Economic Geologists: Guidebook Series Volume 60
Precious Metal Epithermal and Porphyry Deposits of the Maricunga Belt, and Copper-Silver IOCG Deposits of Northern Chile Edited by Borden Putnam, Rael Lipson, K Brock Riedell and Ryan Taylor The publication of short-form SEGF student field trip notes (undertaken in January 2019, led by William X Chavez and Erich Petersen) covering specific geological domains with mines and prospects is a welcome and innovative product for industry professionals and researchers. The format is Read More
October 2019
Forecasts of a lithium ‘glut’ are far from the truth
There has been much talk around an apparent 'oversupply' of lithium, including at the recent Diggers and Dealers forum in Kalgoorlie. Here, veteran Australian lithium expert Adrian Griffin puts this talk into context. Many equity market and lithium industry analysts have seized on recent statistics for lithium supply and demand as indicative of long-term market trends. They see the rapid increase in hard-rock production, combined with a slower-than-anticipated uptake of electric Read More