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Sn-W-Critical Metals & Associated Magmatic Systems

Abstract Submission now open

A geological conference with a session in honour of Dr Roger Taylor, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia 24 – 28 June 2019

The conference convenors invite extended abstracts on topics related to the setting, genesis and characteristics of Sn-W-Critical Metal mineralisation.  Information on abstract submission is available here.

Submission Opens:  Tuesday 20th November 2018
Submission Closes:   Thursday 28th February 2019
Notification:  Friday 22nd  March 2019

Conference Schedule

Monday 24th June:  Welcome function
Tuesday 25th – Thursday 25thJune:  Technical Presentations
(includes half-day trip to the historical tin mining town of Herberton)
Friday 28th June:  Optional one-day field trip (details TBA)

The program of technical presentations will include world-class researchers in the field, including:

  • Prof. Rolf Romer (GFZ, Potsdam,Germany)
  • Prof. Jingwen Mao (Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing,China)
  • Prof. Shao-Yong Jiang (China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China)
  • Prof.  Ryan Mathur (Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Dr Phillip Blevin (Mineral Systems, Geological Survey of NSW, Maitland, Australia)
  • Prof. Zhaoshan Chang (Colorado School of Mines, Denver, USA)
  • Prof. David Cooke (CODES, Hobart, University of Tasmania)
  • Dr Peter Pollard (Pollard Geological Services, Brisbane, Australia)
  • Dr Yanbo Cheng (EGRU, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia)

EGRU warmly welcomes academic, industry and government colleagues, to join us at the conference in the glorious setting of the Atherton Tablelands in tropical far north Queensland.

For further information please contact the Conference Conveners:

Carl  Spandler / Yanbo Cheng / Kaylene Camuti / Jan Huizenga

Or contact the EGRU Administration Officer: Judy Botting

Conference web page – click here

Sponsorship

EGRU welcomes support from organisations interested in being a part of this timely conference. Information on sponsorship is available here.

Vale Pat Williams

AIG members are advised, with sadness, that Dr Patrick Williams passed away in the UK late last week, following a protracted illness.

Dr Williams (Pat) joined the staff at James Cook University (JCU) in 1989 and continued in a lecturing role until the amalgamation of Earth Science with TESAG around 2007 when he resigned to become a consultant.

He was a major contributor to the Key Centre in Economic Geology, the Predictive Mineral Discovery CRC and the Economic Geology Research Unit (EGRU) team  at JCU. He supervised and mentored  many honours and doctoral students during his academic career, and was much valued in that role. He was also much valued as an academic colleague by this who worked with him – always good council,  supportive of group activities and delivering of the tasks on his plate.

Pat is recognised by his colleagues for a major contribution to undergraduate teaching in mineralogy, petrology and economic geology. Pat developed a strong research interest in mineralization in the Mount Isa Inlier and became a widely acknowledged expert on IOCG deposits, an ongoing interest that he carried into his post-academic consulting life.

Dr Williams will be missed by the economic geology community in Australia and beyond, and his many friends in North Queensland.

Bob Henderson

James Cook University EGRU Professional Development Courses

The Economic Geology Research Unit (EGRU) at James Cook University is offering several professional development short courses in coming months.

A Better Understanding of Exploration Geochemistry

Dr Carl Brauhart
27 June 2018 and,
28 June 2019 (subject to demand)
James Cook University

This one-day course is designed to help exploration geologists better understand the issues they face when dealing with geochemical data. Delegates will be exposed to practical exercises using ioGAS software to work on real-world data sets. The course has been presented numerous times in Perth and is being made available in north Queensland through EGRU and courtesy of CSA Global.

Click here for information regarding this short course or click here to register via the JCU web site.

Fluid Inclusions in Economic Geology: Fundamentals and Practical Applications

Dr Jan Marten Huizenga
10 – 12 July 2018
James Cook University

This 3-day short course will comprise two modules and is suitable for post-graduate students and interested minerals industry professionals who require an introduction to fluid inclusion analysis.

Click here for information regarding this short course or click here to register via the JCU web site.

Registrations are required by the end of May for both short courses.

Mineral Systems of the Mt Isa Inlier Field Trip

This is a 4 day field trip to the Selwyn Mineral Field Cloncurry Region, NW Queensland and includes visits to Osborne and Cannington Mines.

Fees:  Industry $770.00, Student  $495.00

Places are limited register early

For more information on the trip, please refer to the accompanying flyer.  The trip is in replacement for the associated field trip to the Mineral Systems workshop earlier this year , which was cancelled due to the weather.  Please review all the information on the web and in the flyer before registering, as conditions do apply.

For further information regarding the field trip and either short course contact:

Judy Botting
EGRU Administration
Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU)
College of Science & Engineering
James Cook University,
Townsville, QLD, 4811,
Australia

E: Judith.botting@jcu.edu.au
W: www.jcu.edu.au/economic-geology-research-centre-egru

 

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

PhD Position: James Cook University

The Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU) at James Cook University (JCU) is looking for a PhD student available to start immediately to work on a project researching the magmatic evolution and magma fertility for Cu-Au-REE mineralization of the Mary Kathleen Domain, Mount Isa Inlier.

This projects is part of a larger research effort that we are conducting together with the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) to improve the exploration potential in the Mount Isa region. As part of this project you will work with EGRU researchers, GSQ staff and exploration geologists from various mining companies operating in the region. This is a unique opportunity to advance your research career and learn new skills as part of a world class research team.

This project will benefit from recently rejuvenated analytical facilities at the Advanced Analytical Centre at JCU, and will include: micro-imaging, whole rock and in-situ major and trace element geochemistry; U-Pb dating of zircon, (± titanite, apatite, monazite); Hf isotopes in zircon; Nd isotopes in apatite, titanite & REE minerals; whole rock radiogenic isotopes, etc.

The successful applicant will make extensive use of these facilities and contribute to developing new research methods. We are looking for a candidate who has field geology and laboratory experience with at least one of the above techniques and who is willing to contribute to the research effort within EGRU. A first class Honours or a Masters by research are essential to be eligible for PhD studies at JCU. International applicants are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to Australian and New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

If you are interested in being part of our team and would like more information about this project please contact one of the project leaders:

Prof. Paul Dirks (paul.dirks@jcu.edu.au)

Assoc. Prof. Carl Spandler (carl.spandler@jcu.edu.au)

Dr. Ioan Sanislav (ioan.sanislav@jcu.edu.au)

More information about the Geoscience department and EGRU can be found here.