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Discovery Day 2015: How mineral deposits are really discovered!

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, PhD, Recommended


This year, Allan Trench of the Centre for Exploration Targeting is hosting Discovery Day on Tuesday 24th February at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. This is my favourite annual seminar as it includes a host of presenters who have actually discovered mineral deposits, discussing the reality of how it happened, including what role serendipity played. Perspectives comes from geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and more importantly economics, finance, management and government.  The day usually finishes with a rather entertaining panel discussion on the future of exploration, which provides much discussion over beers at the Sundowner.

The programme this year is:

KEYNOTE: Paul Heithersay (South Australian Dept. of State Development): Enabling mineral discovery – The SA Story

KEYNOTE: Ian Tyler (Geological Survey of Western Australia): Towards next generation West Australian mineral discoveries

Prof. David Groves (University of Western Australia Emeritus): Exploration for gold-rich VMS deposits in the Nubian Shield

Graham Arvidson (Curtin Mineral Economics Masters Program): The value of exploration to emerging minerals companies – A case study of the ASX ‘Top 80’

Mike Young (Director, BC Iron): The BC Iron story – 1403 days discovery to shipment

Jon Hronsky (Western Mining Services, Cassini Resources): The Nebo – Babel nickel-copper discovery

Allan Kelly (Managing Director, Doray Minerals): Discovery of the Andy Well gold deposit

Xavier Moreau (Vimy Resources Limited): The Ambassador, Emperor and Shogun uranium discoveries

Michael Nugus (Anglogold Ashanti): The discovery of the Vogue Gold Deposit, Sunrise Dam

Charles Wilkinson (Western Areas Ltd): The discovery of Spotted Quoll nickel deposit

Reg Beaton (Consultant): Discovery of Jaguar-Bentley copper-zinc

Panel discussion: Exploration “2020” featuring Liam Twigger (PCF Capital) T. Campbell McCuaig/John Miller (CET) and others.

More information can be found on the Centre for Exploration Targeting website. Tickets are A$700 for members and A$800 for non-members. I look forward to seeing you there. I’m flying down from Geraldton for it, so I’m sure you can make it too!