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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.

 

 

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 greg@corbettgeology.com
  • 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.

Community Story Map Project

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has launched a community story map project, designed to highlight the work that geoscientists do in, for, and with communities.  The project is a collaboration of AGI and the Geological Society of America.

AGI are seeking photos featuring your community-centered research, work, internships, outreach, and service learning. They hope they will inspire geoscientists to reflect on their own community engagement opportunities. Geoscientists’ work in communities elevates science literacy and decision making.

Story Maps require that your photos are geotagged, or have GPS coordinates. This is a function that you set up in your cell phone or many modern cameras with an inbuilt GPS.  If you are unsure whether your photo is geotagged, please provide GPS latitude and longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds to the hundredths (e.g. 37°40’54.94″N, 50°28’14.72″E).  Search for these using Google Earth.  Photos that lack location information cannot be included in the map.

Please submit material via the form established on the AGI website.  to submit your materials (i.e., photos, photo release form, model release form, location description, GPS coordinates, and 2-3 sentence description of your role in the community).

AIG encourages members and other Australian geoscientists to support this project.  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Fortner by email.

PhD Opportunity @ JCU

Embedded PhD researcher

The Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU) at James Cook University (JCU), Townsville and Dugald River Mine, MMG, are offering a PhD project in Structural Geology/engineering geology/geotechnical engineering, focused on developing a model for the geotechnical behavior of the ore zone and immediate wall rock at Dugald River Mine, north of Cloncurry, Australia.

Dugald River, is a world-class Zn-Pb-Ag deposit (64.8Mt @ 12.0% Zn, 2.2% Pb, 31g/t Ag) in the Mt Isa district which commenced mining in 2013. The ore zone is structurally complex with a strongly sheared and faulted hanging wall, which affects mining and ore recovery.

During the project you will develop a structural model for the orebody based on face mapping and drill core logging using advanced digital mapping techniques (ADAM Tech) in combination with 3-D modelling (Leapfrog and Vulcan). The work is aimed at gaining an improved understanding of fault distribution patterns and rock mass behaviour along the ore zone, to improve the efficiency of ore recovery.

The successful applicants will have good 3-D skills with experience in structural geology, engineering geology and/or geotechnical engineering. Prior knowledge of Leapfrog, Vulcan and ADAM Tech software would be an advantage but is not a necessity. We are looking for candidates with an interest in solving practical geotechnical problems in a mining environment. A first class Honours or a Master by research are essential to be eligible for PhD studies at JCU, and be competitive for a scholarship.

More information about the Geoscience department and EGRU can be found here (JCU web site)

If you are interested please send an expression of interest and your CV to:

Prof Paul Dirks  or Dr Ioan Sanislav

Travel Grant to the EGU for Alison Kelsey

Alison Kelsey, PhD graduate of the University of Qld School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was awarded a $3000 travel grant by the Australian Environmental Foundation.  

The grant enabled Alison to present her work in a paper at the recent European Geophysical Union conference, in Vienna, during April 2018.

The AEF Board has awarded the grant from its Bob Carter Memorial Fund, a fund set up to commemorate the life and work of the late Professor Bob Carter, a world-renowned geologist and marine scientist who passed away in January 2016.

Alison’s PhD thesis  investigated and demonstrated an astronomical mechanism as the cause of cycles of natural climate change of around 1,500 years in length. Her research was based on an analysis of the palaeoclimatic record of Fraser Island in Queensland and other Australian regional records.   The memorial association with Bob Carter’s work is apt; Bob was variously Chairman of an Australian Research Grants panel and Chairman of the Department of Earth Sciences at James Cook University from  from 1998 to 2005 and a visiting research professor in geology and geophysics at the University of Adelaide from 2001 to 2005.  Bob was well known as a “climate contrarian” who in the fullness of time will be proven right, wrong, or some position in-between.  He debated marine geology and climate issues in public with courtesy and objectivity – he would be advising the same approach by Alison Kelsey and all recent graduates.

A Call for Papers by the EGU for a special session on natural cycles in climate change brought about 12 papers on the subject (cycles from decadal to multi-millennial) of which Alison’s contribution is but one.

Michael Asten
Associate Editor for Education Matters, Preview, Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists