The Australian Mineral Foundation and Porter GeoConsultancy, in conjunction with ADIMB of Brazil, continued the International Study Tour series of courses by providing a unique opportunity to:
Visit a wide selection of Australia's most important base and precious metal mines - The selected deposits included the different styles of Ni mineralisation, both sulphide and laterite; examples of important primary and lateritic gold mineralisation in the same greenstone belt setting; the major Cu-Au deposits; and the great Zn-Pb-Ag & Zn-Cu orebodies from the Archaean, Proterozoic and Phanerozoic. All are major world class deposits.
Compare settings, styles & ages of deposits distributed on a continental scale - This tour allowed the participant to visit a broad suite of significant ore deposits representing each of the major ore styles, right across the continent.
Sixteen classic ore deposits in six States/Territories, with context setting workshops. The program included:
|SOUTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 9 days, from 9 May, 1999
Workshops/seminars in Adelaide SA & Perth WA & visits to:
|EASTERN AUSTRALIA - 11 days, from 19 May, 1999|
Workshops in Mt Isa Qld & Broken Hill NSW & visits to:
| Olympic Dam - Cu-U-Au
|| McArthur River - Zn-Pb-Ag|
| Mt Keith - disseminated Ni
|| Century - Zn-Pb-Ag|
| Kambalda - massive sulphide Ni-Cu
|| Mt Isa - Zn-Pb-Ag|
| Murrin Murrin - silicate laterite Ni
|| Elura - Zn-Pb-Ag|
| Cawse - oxide laterite Ni
|| Broken Hill - Pb-Zn-Ag |
| Scuddles/Golden Grove - Cu-Zn-Au
|| Cannington - Ag-Pb-Zn|
| Kalgoorlie Super Pit - Au
|| Hellyer - Zn-Pb-Cu-Ag-Au |
| Bronzewing - laterite & primary Au
|| Mt Isa - Cu|
|| Ernest Henry Cu-Au|
While the primary focus of the tour was geological, attention was also devoted to the mining, metallurgical and economic aspects of each operation.
Workshops & expert guides - In addition to the mine tours, there were four workshops as outlined above, presented by local and internationally known experts. These were designed to provide an overview of the regional tectonic, geological and metallogenic setting of the regions and deposits visited. Field reconnaissances with expert guides were also included.
Exposure to international experience - The participants were from around the world. They brought a breadth of international experience to the tour that broadened and enriched the discussion and hence enhanced the tour
Maximum impact, minimum time - In recognition of the value of the time of key staff, the duration of the tour was kept to a minimum. It was also split into two modules, so that participants could pick that section in which they were most interested, or alternatively management could expose different staff members that could only be spared for a shorter period. Participants could take one, or both modules. The itinerary, while concentrated and compact, had essential rest days within and between each module, to avoid fatigue and saturation.
All mine visits, workshops, surface and air travel, and accommodation on tour were arranged by PGC for the AMF.
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T M (Mike) Porter, of Porter GeoConsultancy
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T M (Mike) Porter of Porter GeoConsultancy Pty Ltd.
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