An AMF-PGC International Study Tour
Developed & Managed by Porter GeoConsultancy
Eldorado 2001
The New World Au & FeOx Cu-Au Deposits of South America
3 October to 2 November 2001
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The tour was divided into two modules. Module 1 covered both gold and iron-oxide copper-gold and related deposits in the Andes of South America, while Module 2 addressed the equivalent but older deposits of the shield to the east.

Module 1, was in turn subdivided into two parts: Module 1, Part A (10 days) was dedicated primarily to gold in the Andes, while Module 1, Part B (8 days) visited major iron-oxide Cu-Au and related deposits, also in the Andes, and shared an overview seminar with Part A.

Module 2, was also available as two parts, and commenced with Module 2, Part A (7 days) - the iron oxide copper-gold deposits of the Carajas in Brazil, followed by Module 2, Part B(6 days) devoted to Precambrian gold. Participants were able to take any one or combination of two or more of these four modules/parts.

The AMF arranged all travel from when each participant joined the tour until they left it, including surface, scheduled airline travel and air charter. The cost of this travel was covered by the AMF Tour Fees and by Air Fares charges. AMF Tour Fees were required to be paid to PGC/AMF within two weeks after confirmation of registration. The air fares were charged at cost, and had to be paid at the same time as the AMF Tour Fees. Participants were responsible for their own travel to the start point and from the end point of their tour.

For those starting with Module 1, Part A - "Andean Gold", the tour commenced in Lima, Peru at 7:00 pm on Wednesday 3 October 2001. Participants had to arrange and fund their own travel to be in Lima by that date and time. They assembled at the Marriott hotel where rooms had been booked by the AMF for that night in Lima, the details of which were provided approximately 2 weeks prior to the tour commencement. Those taking Module 1 Part A ONLY (Andean Gold) finished in Antofagasta, Chile on the evening of Saturday 13 October, with a hotel room having been reserved for them that night also. From check out next morning, Sunday 14 October, they were responsible for arranging and paying for all of their own accommodation and travel. AMF arranged all travel and accommodation between these start and end dates.

Those commencing with Module 1, Part B "Andean Iron-oxide Copper-Gold & Related Deposits", had to arrange and pay for their own travel to be in Antofagasta, Chile by 7:30 pm on Friday 12 October. As instructed, they assembled in the lobby of the Hotel Antofagasta where rooms had been reserved for them by the AMF for that night, and as notified approximately 2 weeks prior to that date. All accommodation and travel were arranged by the AMF from that point. Those leaving the tour at the end of Module 1 Part B were responsible for their own travel and accommodation from the end of the module which was on check out from their Santiago de Chile hotel on the morning of Sunday 21 October. Accommodation and air travel were booked for those continuing on to Module 2.

Those starting with Module 2 Part A "Shield Iron-oxide Copper-Gold Deposits" were required to make their own travel arrangements to be in Brasilia, Brazil by 7:00 pm on Sunday 21 October to rendezvous with the continuing group at Brasilia airport, the details of which were again notified approximately 2 weeks prior to that date. This Part ended back at Brasilia airport on arrival on the afternoon of Friday 26 October a little before 5:00 pm. Again, all participants were responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel from that time.

Those joining at the commencement of Module 2 Part B "Shield Gold" had to make their own travel arrangements to be in Brasilia, Brazil by 6:00 pm on Sunday 28 October to rendezvous with the continuing group at the Hotel Nacional as notified approximately 2 weeks prior to that date. This Part, and the tour, ended in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on checkout from their hotel on the morning of Saturday 3 November. All participants were responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel from that time and place.

All accommodation reservations were made by the AMF at group discount rates between the start and end dates/times as specified above. However all accommodation costs had to be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by the AMF. Participants were also responsible for paying for their meals (except the Introductory Dinners) and other personal incidentals while on tour.

As part of the tour, participants received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to commencement or during the trip. This covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation in the regions being considered, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits to be visited. Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants were given a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street address, phone and fax numbers and costs. All they needed to bring was their field gear, personal affects, and credit card/travellers cheques to pay for accommodation and meals.

This tour was developed, organised and managed by Mike Porter of Porter GeoConsultancy Pty Ltd (PGC), as a joint venture with the Australian Mineral Foundation Inc. (AMF).

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For more information contact:   T M (Mike) Porter, of Porter GeoConsultancy   (mike.porter@portergeo.com.au)

This was another of the International Study Tours designed, developed, organised and escorted by T M (Mike) Porter of Porter GeoConsultancy Pty Ltd (PGC) in joint venture with the Australian Mineral Foundation (AMF).  While the reputation and support of the AMF contributed to the establishment of the tours, after it ceased trading at the end of 2001, PGC has continued to develop, organise and manage the tour series.

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