With the increasing world population and living standards, the demand for minerals and energy resources continues to grow. Further exploration will need to target resources at increasing depths and areas with cover. Such challenges require improved understanding of mineral systems and better exploration methods. This symposium, in honour of Professor David Groves, will highlight recent developments in the understanding of major types of mineral deposits, and their physical and chemical controls.
|Richard Goldfarb (SEG Keynote)||Orogenic Au deposits|
|David Leach (SGA Keynote)||SEDEX deposits|
|David Cooke (Keynote)||Porphyry deposits|
|Larry Meinert (Keynote)||Skarn deposits|
|Noel White (Keynote)||Low and intermediate sulphidation epithermal deposits|
|Roger Skirrow (Keynote)||IOCG deposits|
|Jingwin Mao (Keynote)||W-Sn deposits|
|Steve Cox (Keynote)|
The dynamics of injection-driven failure in high fluid flux regimes: Insights from ore deposits, seismicity and numerical modelling
|Joel Brugger (Keynote)||Hydrothermal experiments|
|Cornel de Ronde||VHMS:deposits and modern submarine systems|
|Yasushi Watanabe||REE and critical elements|
|Steffen Hagemann||Fe ores|
Technological and conceptual developments in the mid-20th century offered explorers a new framework for exploration. Affordable geochemistry and airborne geophysical techniques, combined with regional geological maps, provided tools for large scale regional surveys and led to major discoveries. Recent decades have seen continuing advances in exploration technology and new concepts applied to exploration programs. Developments in geophysical, geochemical, biochemical and drilling-related technologies, along with advances in data management and processing, offer explorers an expanding range of tools. In addition, the challenge of exploring under cover is leading to new ideas for applying technology and geological concepts. This symposium welcomes contributions on new exploration technologies and concepts, and on modern applications of tried and true technologies and geological techniques.
|Doug Kirwin (Keynote)||Fifty years of looking at rocks|
|Jeremy Richards (Keynote)||Magma fertility|
|Jeremy Cook||Seismic applied to gold exploration|
|Simon Richards||Atomic dielectric resonance spectroscopy|
|Carsten Laukamp||Remote sensing|
Improving reconnaissance exploration for hydrothermal deposits through collection of fluid inclusion and cathodoluminescence evidence during regional BLEG surveys
|Steven Micklethwaite||New techniques in structural analysis|
|Ravi Anand||Geochemical sampling through cover|
|Richard Lilly||Geochemical exploration methods|
|Vladimir Lisitsin||GIS based prospectivity analysis|
Paul Dirks and Carl Spandler
Future delineation and extraction of mineral wealth will rely on a holistic geoscience approach - from deposit to continent scale - that considers lithospheric-scale geological architecture, 4D tectonic evolution and metallogenic processes. The success of future mineral exploration will hinge on our ability to unlock new target areas by exploring under cover or along the ocean floor, and by applying new concepts, many driven by advancements in technology. We invite contributions covering all fields of geology, geophysics and geochemistry with relevance to tectonics and regional metallogenesis.
|David Giles (Keynote)||Tectonics and crustal architecture of Australia|
|Ross Large (Keynote)||Cycles of ore deposits and mass extinction events|
|Jo Whelan||Geological evolution of the Arnhem Province, Northern Territory|
|David Huston||Spatial variations in lead isotopes in the Tasman Element: Implications for tectonic evolution and metallogenesis|
|John Walshe||Volato-thermal Au systems in the late Archean: Core to the crust|
|Simon Johnson||Metallogeny of the Capricorn Origin|
Eric Roberts and Maree Corkeron
This symposium will address the relationship between tectonics, basins and energy resources. The symposium will span a range of topics that include coal, conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon accumulations, as well as studies focused on basic sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeontology and structural geology. Emphasis will be placed on Australasian basins, however case studies from around the globe are welcome. In addition, new applications and techniques for basin analysis involving geochronology, geochemistry and other fields will be highlighted.
|Alan Collins (Keynote)||Tectonic geography and provenance of mesoproterozoic petroleum-bearing Roper Group, McArthur Basin|
|Annette George (Keynote)||Australian carbonate systems: conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon accumulations|
|Kasia Sobczak||Palaeonvironments of the Drummond Basin|
|Valeria Bianch||High resolution facies analysis and unusual palaeogeography for the Precipice Sandstone (Early Jurassic, Surat Basin)|
This symposium will include contributions on trends in the minerals industry that will affect the future of exploration, discovery, and the utilisation of resources. Topics could include, but are not limited to, commodities in the future, sovereign risk, education and training, trends in research management and application (industry and government), and developments in project management.
|Roric Smith (Keynote)||Exploration project management|