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An Economic Perspective on Deep & Under Cover Minerals Exploration

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

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Earlier this year my PhD supervisor, Allan Trench, presented an opening address to a special workshop at the ASEG-PESA (Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists & Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia) 2015 conference, with some co-author assistance from myself and Matthew Kanakis. The workshop was entitled 'Geophysical signatures of mineral systems: more than bumps'. The workshop addresses the fact that as we deplete…
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Rare earths: Competence, competition and the contextual environment

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Exploration, Mining, Publications

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Last year I was pleased to accept a guest lecturing slot on Allan Trench's 'Strategic Management of Resources' Companies' course, which is part of the University of Western Australia's MBA programme. The presentation is available below and on my Slideshare and LinkedIn accounts. The presentation draws on an earlier presentation at Metal Pages Rare Earths conferences, with some new ideas…
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What’s hot, what’s not and why?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Mining, Travel

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At the recent ITRI International Tin Conference, metals and mining consultancy CRU Group presented an update of its "Commodity Price Climate Change" forecast. This has nothing to do with which commodities would benefit from an anthropogenically warmed planet (we'll cover that another day), but is a way of summarising their views of whether commodity price outlooks will be “hot”, “warm”,…
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Travels in the SE Asian Tinbelt (2) – Indonesia

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Field Visits, Mining, Travel

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The final stop on our tour of the SE Asian Tinbelt, which started in Malaysia and Thailand, is the current source of nearly one-third of the world's mined tin - Indonesia. Stopping briefly in Jakarta to attend the spectacle of an Indonesian wedding and narrowly missing out on a visit from Indonesia’s most famous former resident, Barack Obama (he was…
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