GSQ-UQ Webinar Series

Introduction to the Webinar Series

Dr Helen Degeling - Director Minerals Geoscience - GSQ
9 April, 2020

In early 2020, in response to travel restrictions, the Geological Survey of Queensland and UQ’s SMI inaugurated a webinar series to help continue to support Queensland’s explorers.  The series has attracted a large amount of interest from explorers and other interested attendees from all over the world, and has also attracted a very strong group of presenters, including global representation.  Curated by Dr Helen Degeling, the Director of Minerals Geoscience for the Geological Survey of Queensland, the main goal of the series is to find new ways to support the minerals industry in Queensland during this unprecedented time.  With most explorers deskbound and probably at home, there is a great opportunity to think about new techniques that can be applied remotely, and the hope of the webinar series is to be able to trigger some lightbulb moments, and to possibly introduce to the exploration community something that will help to define new and exciting targets that can be tested when field activities resume.  Each webinar is also followed by an online networking session for those that want to stay around for a digital drink!

 

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Northwest Mineral Province - update on Deposit Atlas and other compilation datasets

Rick Valenta, Paul Gow and Nathan Fox
9 April, 2020

NW Mineral Province Deposit Atlas entries have now been made for many of the major deposits in the Mount Isa region. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the atlas entries that have been produced to date, some of the information that has been compiled in those atlases, and applications for exploration. We will also make mention of some of the other datasets that have been compiled from previous studies in the NW Mineral Province, and how to obtain and use them

 

Waste Characterisation with core scanning technologies

Anita Parbhakar-Fox
16 April, 2020

The challenge remains for the mining industry to identify the mechanisms by which to cost effectively forecast and manage geoenvironmental risks at the earliest possible stage in a mine’s life. If adequately performed, appropriate allocation of funds and environmental management strategies can be developed and embedded into the mine plan enabling better closure outcomes. Whilst the metalliferous mining industry is cognisant of this, another major challenge is finding the right tools to facilitate early stage waste characterisation. For example, chemical (i.e., static and kinetic) tests have dominated how acid and metalliferous (AMD) properties have been measured since the late 1970s, but with AMD remaining an ongoing global issue (even at young mines), there is a necessity for innovation.

With an explosion of new tools and technologies for ore characterisation, there has never been a more opportunistic time to follow an environmental geometallurgy matrix approach whereby the geoenvironmental toolbox is used for waste characterisation. The toolkit includes application of hyperspectral technologies to derive geoenvironmental domaining index and automated acid rock drainage index values, improved used of handheld tools and chemical tests, data mining, and finding new applications for µCT and 3D XRF drill core scanners. This seminar introduces these and focusses on demonstrating applications of hyperspectral datasets as the metalliferous mining industry trend is currently towards collecting these data during early life-of-mine stages.

As we approach the next decade, the industry has the unique opportunity to adopt the environmental geometallurgy matrix and embed the use of the geoenvironmental toolbox into their operations to improve risk management.

 

3D Data compilation in Geoscience Analyst: How to - examples from the NW Mineral Province Deposit Atlas

Paul Gow
23 April, 2020

In this webinar, Dr Paul Gow gives a demonstration of how to import various different common types of exploration into the free Geoscience Analyst program.  Examples of Geoscience Analyst datasets of deposits from the NW Mineral Province can be downloaded here.

 

Queensland Exploration Geochemistry and Mineral Geochemistry in Exploration

 

Queensland Exploration Geochemistry

Dominic Brown - GSQ
30 April, 2020

The Geological Survey of Queensland holds an extensive collection of exploration geochemistry compiled from the throughout state. This collection features over 750 000 stream sediment samples and over 1 000 000 soil geochemistry samples. This data has been compiled by the Terrasearch, Map to Mine and the Geological Survey of Queensland over the last three decades. Between 2007 and 2011 Geoscience Australia completed the National Geochemical Survey of Australia which collected samples from 1390 catchments covering 91% of the Australian continent. This project sought to characterise the geochemistry of the entire continent, focusing on energy related elements but is applicable to other commodities. As a follow up to the NGSA the Cape York Peninsula was identified as a zone of anomalous Rare Earth Element concentrations on a continental scale. The Geological Survey of Queensland completed a 189 sample survey of stream sediments of the Cape York Peninsula in 2014-15 which followed the same methodology to identify the sources of the anomalism. In combination, these datasets provide a powerful tool for exploration. This seminar will provide an overview and access to this suite of datasets..

 

 

Geoscience Australia's Surface Geochemistry

Philip Main - Geoscience Australia
30 April, 2020

The Geological Survey of Queensland holds an extensive collection of exploration geochemistry compiled from the throughout state. This collection features over 750 000 stream sediment samples and over 1 000 000 soil geochemistry samples. This data has been compiled by the Terrasearch, Map to Mine and the Geological Survey of Queensland over the last three decades. Between 2007 and 2011 Geoscience Australia completed the National Geochemical Survey of Australia which collected samples from 1390 catchments covering 91% of the Australian continent. This project sought to characterise the geochemistry of the entire continent, focusing on energy related elements but is applicable to other commodities. As a follow up to the NGSA the Cape York Peninsula was identified as a zone of anomalous Rare Earth Element concentrations on a continental scale. The Geological Survey of Queensland completed a 189 sample survey of stream sediments of the Cape York Peninsula in 2014-15 which followed the same methodology to identify the sources of the anomalism. In combination, these datasets provide a powerful tool for exploration. This seminar will provide an overview and access to this suite of datasets..

 

 

Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration

Joseph Tang
30 April, 2020

The Geological Survey of Queensland holds an extensive collection of exploration geochemistry compiled from the throughout state. This collection features over 750 000 stream sediment samples and over 1 000 000 soil geochemistry samples. This data has been compiled by the Terrasearch, Map to Mine and the Geological Survey of Queensland over the last three decades. Between 2007 and 2011 Geoscience Australia completed the National Geochemical Survey of Australia which collected samples from 1390 catchments covering 91% of the Australian continent. This project sought to characterise the geochemistry of the entire continent, focusing on energy related elements but is applicable to other commodities. As a follow up to the NGSA the Cape York Peninsula was identified as a zone of anomalous Rare Earth Element concentrations on a continental scale. The Geological Survey of Queensland completed a 189 sample survey of stream sediments of the Cape York Peninsula in 2014-15 which followed the same methodology to identify the sources of the anomalism. In combination, these datasets provide a powerful tool for exploration. This seminar will provide an overview and access to this suite of datasets..

 

 

Mineral Chemistry in Exploration

Dave Cooke - CODES
30 April, 2020

A shortcourse delivered by Professor David Cooke, from the Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences (CODES), the University of Tasmania. The short course will present an Introduction to Mineral Chemistry and its use in Mineral Exploration. There will be opportunity for an open discussion following the session. .

 

 

Rock Samples from NW Mineral Province Deposits: Our Favourites

Richard Lilly – U. Adelaide; Matt Valetich – GSQ; Pieter Creus and Truong LE - JCU; Paul Gow and Rick Valenta - UQ
7 May, 2020

Many of the major deposits from the Northwest mineral province now have extensive publicly available core photography, hylogger data, and other datasets which demonstrate the mesoscopic characteristics of representative samples of ore and alteration in ways which previously weren’t possible or available. The aim of this session is to focus on the mesoscopic mineralogical and textural characteristics of a few selected samples or core intervals from a number of major deposits in the region. Projects covered will include George Fisher, Mount Isa Copper, Ernest Henry, Tick Hill and others, with presenters focusing on presenting the typical characteristics of the rocks from these deposits, as well as talking about their observations and interpretations of those samples. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of what rocks from these deposits actually look like, which may help them to recognise similarities in their exploration drilling.

 

 

New Discovery Program Workshop

Dr Helen Degeling - Director Minerals Geoscience - GSQ
14 May, 2020

A summary of work conducted by the Geological Survey of Queensland’s collaborators to support exploration and discovery in the North West Minerals Province. The North West has not had a major base metal discovery since the early 2000’s, in spite of a huge amount of exploration and research in the area since the mid 1990’s. The Qld Government aims to address this ‘discovery drought’ through the New Discovery Program, which brings new geophysics, geochemistry, geology and ore deposit analysis to the public domain. The New Discovery Program includes significant input from collaborator organisations, such as the University of Queensland, James Cook University, CODES, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. Individual presenters will showcase their work supported by the New Discovery Program.

 

 

Airborne Geophysics

Matthew Greenwood
14 May, 2020

A summary of work conducted by the Geological Survey of Queensland’s collaborators to support exploration and discovery in the North West Minerals Province. The North West has not had a major base metal discovery since the early 2000’s, in spite of a huge amount of exploration and research in the area since the mid 1990’s. The Qld Government aims to address this ‘discovery drought’ through the New Discovery Program, which brings new geophysics, geochemistry, geology and ore deposit analysis to the public domain. The New Discovery Program includes significant input from collaborator organisations, such as the University of Queensland, James Cook University, CODES, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. Individual presenters will showcase their work supported by the New Discovery Program.

 

 

Cloncurry Extension Magnetotelluric survey

Janelle Simpson
14 May, 2020

A summary of work conducted by the Geological Survey of Queensland’s collaborators to support exploration and discovery in the North West Minerals Province. The North West has not had a major base metal discovery since the early 2000’s, in spite of a huge amount of exploration and research in the area since the mid 1990’s. The Qld Government aims to address this ‘discovery drought’ through the New Discovery Program, which brings new geophysics, geochemistry, geology and ore deposit analysis to the public domain. The New Discovery Program includes significant input from collaborator organisations, such as the University of Queensland, James Cook University, CODES, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. Individual presenters will showcase their work supported by the New Discovery Program.

 

 

Potential Fields in IOCG and BHT deposits

Jim Austin
14 May, 2020

A summary of work conducted by the Geological Survey of Queensland’s collaborators to support exploration and discovery in the North West Minerals Province. The North West has not had a major base metal discovery since the early 2000’s, in spite of a huge amount of exploration and research in the area since the mid 1990’s. The Qld Government aims to address this ‘discovery drought’ through the New Discovery Program, which brings new geophysics, geochemistry, geology and ore deposit analysis to the public domain. The New Discovery Program includes significant input from collaborator organisations, such as the University of Queensland, James Cook University, CODES, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. Individual presenters will showcase their work supported by the New Discovery Program.

 

 

Deposit Atlas - Dugald River, Kalman and Roseby

Rick Valenta, Paul Gow, Nathan Fox
14 May, 2020

A summary of work conducted by the Geological Survey of Queensland’s collaborators to support exploration and discovery in the North West Minerals Province. The North West has not had a major base metal discovery since the early 2000’s, in spite of a huge amount of exploration and research in the area since the mid 1990’s. The Qld Government aims to address this ‘discovery drought’ through the New Discovery Program, which brings new geophysics, geochemistry, geology and ore deposit analysis to the public domain. The New Discovery Program includes significant input from collaborator organisations, such as the University of Queensland, James Cook University, CODES, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. Individual presenters will showcase their work supported by the New Discovery Program.

 

 

GSQ Reference Collection - Ernest Henry dataset

Vladimir Lisitsin, Courteney Dhnaram
14 May, 2020

A summary of work conducted by the Geological Survey of Queensland’s collaborators to support exploration and discovery in the North West Minerals Province. The North West has not had a major base metal discovery since the early 2000’s, in spite of a huge amount of exploration and research in the area since the mid 1990’s. The Qld Government aims to address this ‘discovery drought’ through the New Discovery Program, which brings new geophysics, geochemistry, geology and ore deposit analysis to the public domain. The New Discovery Program includes significant input from collaborator organisations, such as the University of Queensland, James Cook University, CODES, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. Individual presenters will showcase their work supported by the New Discovery Program.

 

 

Mineral chemistry of IOCG deposits of NWQ

Shaun Barker
14 May, 2020

A summary of work conducted by the Geological Survey of Queensland’s collaborators to support exploration and discovery in the North West Minerals Province. The North West has not had a major base metal discovery since the early 2000’s, in spite of a huge amount of exploration and research in the area since the mid 1990’s. The Qld Government aims to address this ‘discovery drought’ through the New Discovery Program, which brings new geophysics, geochemistry, geology and ore deposit analysis to the public domain. The New Discovery Program includes significant input from collaborator organisations, such as the University of Queensland, James Cook University, CODES, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. Individual presenters will showcase their work supported by the New Discovery Program.

 

 

Magma Fertility Project

Ioan Sanislav
14 May, 2020

A summary of work conducted by the Geological Survey of Queensland’s collaborators to support exploration and discovery in the North West Minerals Province. The North West has not had a major base metal discovery since the early 2000’s, in spite of a huge amount of exploration and research in the area since the mid 1990’s. The Qld Government aims to address this ‘discovery drought’ through the New Discovery Program, which brings new geophysics, geochemistry, geology and ore deposit analysis to the public domain. The New Discovery Program includes significant input from collaborator organisations, such as the University of Queensland, James Cook University, CODES, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. Individual presenters will showcase their work supported by the New Discovery Program.

 

 

Tick Hill Project

Paul Dirks
14 May, 2020

A summary of work conducted by the Geological Survey of Queensland’s collaborators to support exploration and discovery in the North West Minerals Province. The North West has not had a major base metal discovery since the early 2000’s, in spite of a huge amount of exploration and research in the area since the mid 1990’s. The Qld Government aims to address this ‘discovery drought’ through the New Discovery Program, which brings new geophysics, geochemistry, geology and ore deposit analysis to the public domain. The New Discovery Program includes significant input from collaborator organisations, such as the University of Queensland, James Cook University, CODES, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. Individual presenters will showcase their work supported by the New Discovery Program.

 

 

Early Data Collection For Geometallurgy

Research and Industry Panel
21 May, 2020

The aim of this webinar is to provide a range of perspectives on what companies can do at exploration stage to help understand the geometallurgical characteristics of the orebodies they are exploring and developing. How can we use mineralogical and geochemical information to predict mineral processing behaviour and spatially map it at exploration and development scale? What can we do to identify potential opportunities for sorting or waste rejection that may improve the economics of the orebody? What information will company metallurgists want from the exploration team, and how can they best work together? Chaired by Rick Valenta (SMI/UQ), Panelists included: Alice Clark - SMI/UQ; Angela Escolme - CODES/UTas; Nathan Fox - SMI/UQ; Scott Halley - Mineral Mapping Pty Ltd; Hedley Widdup - Lion Selection Ltd; Bevin Wong - JKTech

 

 

Queensland's Critical Minerals Workshop

Half Day Workshop
28 May, 2020

It is now well established that modern economies will increasingly depend on the supply of a broad and in some cases poorly understood and underexplored group of commodities termed the ‘critical minerals’, due to discrepancies between predicted demand versus known supply. The increasing production of electric motors, solar panels, batteries and wind turbines has led to an increased requirement for a large range of commodities including nickel, cobalt, lithium, rare earth elements and many others. Whilst some of the required commodities, such as copper and zinc, are well-understood geologically and metallurgically, many others have had relatively little attention in terms of process models, exploration and targeting. Further, much of the attention within Australia for critical mineral potential has focused on the world-class Lithium and REE endowment in WA. However Queensland also has strong, and in some cases un-recognised, potential for critical minerals. In this webinar, we will take you through some of the work being done by GSQ and collaborators on critical mineral potential in Queensland, as well as solutions for barriers to potential, such as sustainable processing of REE.

Helen Degeling - Introduction

Rick Valenta - Critical Mineral Compilations

Vladimir Lisitsin - Critical Minerals in Copper Deposits

Anita Parbhakar-Fox - Queensland's Secondary Prospectivity

Kate Tungpalan - Sustainable Extraction of REE

Ross Chandler - REE in peralkaline volcanics - Peaks Range

Michael Anenburg - REE in Nolan’s Bore style mineralisation

Matthew Valetich - Prospectivity of REE in Phosphates

Ioan Sanislav - Indium in Sn deposits/ultramafic complexes

Carl Spandler - REE unconformity model

 

 

Magnetotellurics in Mineral Exploration

90 Minute Workshop
4 June, 2020

The magnetotelluric method is gaining prominence as a tool for deep exploration in the Australian minerals industry. This seminar provides an overview of the techniques’ use in exploration and presents two case studies. One case study at a regional scale, and the second one at an exploration targeting scale.

Naser Meqbel - 3D inversion of MT data from East Tennant: New insight from inverting tipper and Phase tensor

Janelle Simpson - Modelling outcomes of the Isa Extension Magnetotelluric survey

Shane Evans - MT Industry case study: Helios

 

 

Metal Isotopes in Ore Deposits and Applications to Exploration

Online Workshop
11 June, 2020

Metal isotopes provide novel insights into the history of ore minerals, from their genesis all the way to their current distribution in economically viable quantities. They can provide independent constraints on the conditions of ore deposit formation and evolution, while also complementing conventional approaches. However, as a burgeoning area of research, the utility of metal isotopes in these applications has yet to be fully realized. This webinar instalment will explore the state-of-the-art and future horizons of metal isotopes in mineral exploration.

Ryan Mathur - Introduction to Metal Isotopes in ore deposits and applications to exploration

Brandon Mahon - Stable metal isotopes in mineral exploration – Gearing lab capabilities and practices to meet industry needs

Bruce Schaefer - Osmium isotopes in ore deposits

Dave Huston - Lead isotopes in ore deposits

 

 

Geophysics in Mineral Exploration

Online Workshop
18 June, 2020

Bringing together geophysicists with diverse skills and backgrounds, this webinar aims to present new data and new perspectives on old datasets, with a special focus on implications for mineral exploration. Though largely focused on datasets from the NW Minerals Province, Queensland, the concepts and methods may be applied in any mineralised terrain.

Jim Austin - IOCG Geophysics, Petrophysics, Geochemistry and Mineralogy

Yuseyn LeyCooper, Sebastian Wong - World's largest AEM survey

Andrea Viezzoli - AIP Effects in AEM

Matt Greenwood, Courteney Dhnaram - Quamby mineral potential

George Ross - Landsborough Graben Passive Seismic

 

 

Innovation in Industry

Online Workshop
25 June, 2020

Mineral explorers talk about their projects, insights and experiences. We hear about projects from across Queensland, both the world renowned North West Minerals Province, and the equally fascinating and wonderfully endowed North East.

Glen Little - Cu-Au mineralisation of the Cloncurry district: Recognising diversity within a mineralised province

Rob Rutherford - Innovation and Sweat - Red Metal’s Grass Roots Exploration Activities in NW Queensland

Graham Willett - A new style lithium province

 

 

Finding the basement under cover

Online Workshop
23 July, 2020

As exploration moves increasingly under cover, it becomes more and more important to understand the nature and thickness of the cover, and to understand the different exploration approaches that suit those cover characteristics. These presentations will provide attendees with information on newly-compiled cover thickness and domain datasets from the GSQ, many of the new cover and basement datasets released as part of Geoscience Australia's highly successful Exploring for the Future Program, and some pratical approaches to geological interpretation and exploration in covered settings presented by the BRC.

Joseph Tang and Dominic Brown - The NW Mineral Province Domain Map

Marie-Aude Bonnardot and Nadege Rollet - A chronostratigraphic approach to map the cover in northern Australia

Karen Connors and Zhiqun Shi - Finding the basement under cover: Practical examples including SEEBASE

Rick Valenta - Depth domains - some practical examples

Project members

Professor Rick Valenta

Professor Rick Valenta

Director
W.H. Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre
Program Leader
Complex Orebodies strategic initiative program
Acting Director
Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
Dr Paul Gow

Associate Professor Paul Gow

Acting Group Leader - Total Deposit Knowledge
BRC
Dr Nathan Fox

Dr Nathan Fox

Senior Research Fellow
BRC
Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox

Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox

Senior Research Fellow
BRC