New International Geoscience Textbook from IUGS

An IUGS project to produce an international geoscience textbook, to be made available as a free download, is nearing its first major milestone.  The international version of the textbook, being written for 16-year olds and their teachers, will be released mid-June.

Textbook cover

The initial ‘International version’ should be published online for free download by the time of Resources for Future Generations conference in Vancouver in June. After that, colleagues around the world are invited to ‘regionalise’ the textbook for their own country or region, by replacing the international photos with local photos, adding geoscience ‘interest boxes for their own region and translating the text, where necessary.

Introductory chapter

One of the textbook diagrams – drawn with no labels to assist the translators.

In this way they can produce a freely downloadable geoscience textbook for their own region or country.



Skill shortages study: Commonwealth Department of Jobs and Small Business

DJSB study 70 professions including geologists and mining engineers by tracking job vacancies and following up with employers.  Previous DJSB reports can be found here.  The latest resources sector survey was released in April, 2017, examining employment prospects for geologists and engineers.

The survey found, for geologists, that:

  • the labour market for geologists and geophysicists has been well supplied with qualified and experienced applicants since 2014
  • there were, on average, 39.3 applicants per vacancy, with an average of 5.5 per vacancy considered suitable by employers.
  • the current survey showed a notable decline in the number of applicants and suitable applicants per vacancy compared with last year and a number of employers attributed this to a recent improvement in recruitment activity following the upturn in mining commodity prices.
  • Applicant numbers, however, remain high compared with those between 2007 and 2013.
  • All employers required applicants to hold at least a bachelor degree in geology or a closely related field.
  • Employers usually sought applicants with experience in a particular type of mine (underground or open cut), mining commodity, job role (for example, exploration or mine production) and a specific mining-related software package.
  • The full-time employment outcome for geology graduates declined from 70.8 per cent in 2013 to 54.6 per cent in 2015.

Proportion of vacancies filled (%), average number of applicants and suitable applicants per vacancy (no.), Geologists and Geophysicists, Australia, 2007 to 2017

DJSB  found that forward Indicators suggest a further softening in mining investment activity over the short term which is likely to have a dampening effect on the demand for resource industry professionals. AIG met with DJSB last week to discuss the survey and compare results with the AIG quarterly employment surveys.

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Epithermal Au-Ag and Porphyry Cu-Au Exploration

Lectures and practical, 4-6 December 2018, by Greg Corbett and Stuart Hayward

December 4 & 5, York Club, 99 York St Sydney, lunch, morning and afternoon teas provided. Two days of PowerPoint lectures focus upon mineral exploration for epithermal and porphyry ore deposits derived from Dr Corbett’s 40 years field experience, including earlier short courses provided with the late Terry Leach from the early 1990’s. Exploration and mining examples from over 40 countries are used to delineate the characteristics of different epithermal and porphyry ore types, and controls to mineralisation, using tools such as alteration, structure and breccias. The exploration implications are considered throughout and a final section considers geological features recognised in exploration marginal to ore bodies. Participants will be provided with a current draft to the notes to be published by Springer in 2020.

December 6 – A practical exercise held W B Clarke Geoscience Centre, Londonderry, uses selected diamond drill core referred to in the lectures (above) and a set of teaching specimens to provide hands on training in ore and alteration mineralogy and the use of geological models. It is run by Corbett and Stuart Hayward, who has over 30 years experience in epithermal-porphyry ore deposit exploration and mining. A return bus from the city and lunch provided.

Prices include lunch, morning and afternoon teas and transport to and from Londonderry.

  • Students $150, but if you need assistance contact
  • Unemployed geologists $400
  • Employed geologists $1500

Minimum of 20 participants required and limited to a maximum of 40.

The Short course registration form is available via the Corbett Geology web site.