Facets of Exploration Webinar Series

Facets of Exploration is a monthly series of online talks from industry professionals covering many aspects of exploration including carbonatites, exploration in mineral sands, regolith geochemistry in exploration and structural insights during exploration.

Registration is open to GSA members for free and non-members for just $10.00. Following registration, you will receive a Zoom link to watch the webinar.

Webinar Times:

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 WA  1.00pm WST  12.00pm WST
 NT  2.30pm ACST  1.30pm ACST
 SA  2.30pm ACST  2.30pm ACDT
 QLD  3.00pm ACST  2.00pm ACST
 ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC  3.00pm ACST  3.00pm ACDT

Upcoming Webinars
2 December 2020 - Specialist Group in Economic Geology (SGEG) - Facets of Exploration Webinar
Speaker: Andrew Cook (Iluka)
Topic: Exploration in mineral sands
Registration: Click here

Bio: Andrew Cook has been combing the world’s paleo-beaches for mineral sands for over 30 years in his role as the principal geologist of Iluka Resources Ltd, one of the mineral sands industry’s major players

Abstract: 
“Mineral Sands” is a catch-all term for a group of concomitant minerals that supply feedstock to the chemical industry producing coatings. Stop now and look at all the painted and coated surfaces that surround you. These are bigger businesses than most people realize.
On December 2nd Andrew Cook will provide the basics on:
• where mineral sands accumulate
• how good concentrations form
• what the chemical industry customers seek
• what constitutes a commercial occurrence, and
• how you might go about finding and developing mineral sands deposits
Ilmenite and rutile are the commonly occurring titanium minerals, with ilmenite by far the more naturally abundant. But most titanium is never made into titanium metal. Most ends up as titanium dioxide pigment. With a high refractive index, Titanium Dioxide can act as cover and coatings for paints and fillers.
Ilmenite and rutile are also resistate minerals and, when liberated from rocks, can travel and be incorporated into sediments. Being heavier than quartz sand they also concentrate as placer deposits, most particularly on beaches, and often with other heavy minerals such as zircon and monazite, which can also become useful and profitable by-products.
The mineral sands geologist, thus, is fortunate in being able to work on the beach, or at least where the beach used to be.
Bring your bucket and spade for an informative session aimed at industry starters.


2 February 2021 - Specialist Group in Economic Geology (SGEG) - Facets of Exploration Webinar
Speaker: Ravi Anand (CSIRO)
Topic: – Regolith and regolith geochemistry
Registration: coming early 2021

Past Webinars
4 November 2020 - Specialist Group in Economic Geology (SGEG) - Facets of Exploration Webinar

Speaker: Sarah Jones (SJGeology Ltd)
Topic: Structural geology for ore deposit exploration
Video: Watch here