Field traverse and detailed geological lecture on the Kamoa deposit, Katanga Province, DRC - On the morning of Thursday 15 May, the group was met by geologists from Ivanplats to be escorted to their Kamoa deposit, some 30 km to the west of Kolwezi.
Along the way, they stopped at a number of locations, firstly for an overview of the terrain and then to study rocks in the immediate Mesoproterozoic Kibaran basement, the basal "Poudingue" red Roan Group grit to pebble to cobble conglomerate (lower left), the discovery hole (background image), and weathered pyritic siltstones and interbedded diamictite of the Nguba Group (middle left image), ~40 m stratigraphically above the ore. The shallow-dipping orebody, hosted by the basal Nguba Group shales and diamictite, does not outcrop.
On arrival at the Kamoa camp and office, the group were given a comprehensive, and detailed lecture, followed by questions and discussion that lasted for near two and a half hours, covering all aspects of the deposit (lower right). This presentation and the field traverse were led by David Broughton (Executive Vice President, Exploration, Ivanhoe Mines), with input from Dave Edwards (Geology Manager, Kamoa Copper Project) and Mike Kirschbaum (Senior Project Geologist, Regional Exploration, Ivanplats, DRC).
This was followed by lunch, before the remainder of the visit, which continued into the afternoon. Photographs by Mike Porter.