Tethyan 2008
Gold & Copper in the Western Tethyan Belt
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[At Stratoni]
At Stratoni, Greece.   Following the Skouries section of the visit, the group were taken to the Stratoni office and installation of European Goldfields Limited / Hellas Gold S.A. (left image).   There, Pat Forward of European Goldfields gave an overview of the broader Kasandra district that includes the company's other deposits, the larger of which are their operating Stratoni Pb-Zn-Ag and the soon to be re-developed Olympias Au-Pb-Zn-Ag replacement/skarn deposits.   These, with Skouries, are part of the same multi-intrusive related Kasandra/Chalkadiki mineralised complex (central image) which have been mined since ancient times, particuarly for silver, being the source of wealth of Alexander (355 to 323 BC) and one of the main targets of the earlier Persian wars of 492 to 479 BC.   In the mid-afternoon, the group enjoyed a late lunch and discussions with European Goldfields / Hellas Gold technical staff at the local taverna (right image) before returning to Thessaloniki in the late aftenoon. Photographs by Mike Porter.

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