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Entering an immature exploration search space (Sandstone Greenstone Belt, W. Australia)

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Exploration, Management, Mineral Economics, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Research, Technical Paper Reviews

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Last week, a publication by colleagues Sam Davies (University of Western Australia & Alto Metals), David Groves (Orebusters), Allan Trench (UWA), and Jon Standing (Model Earth), to which I also contributed was published in the peer reviewed journal 'Ore Geology Reviews'. The paper is entitled "Entering an immature exploration search space: Assessment of the potential orogenic gold endowment of the…
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Mineral systems, endowment analysis and exploration strategy at Sandstone goldfield

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Management, Mineral Economics, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Research, Strategy

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The final work I had the pleasure to be involved in at the TARGET Conference was the initial PhD research of (Rhys) Sam Davies also at the Centre for Exploration Targeting (The University of Western Australia). His work is aiming to link mineral systems theory and endowment and prospectivity analyses, with the existing data sets available at the Sandstone goldfield…
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Australian gold industry: Where does geoscience meet mineral economics?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Exploration, Future, Mineral Economics, Mining, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Research

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At the end of last year, Allan Trench (Professor of Risk and Value at the Centre of Exploration Targeting) presented the early stages of some excellent research on the Australian gold industry at the CET Members Day. I am pleased to be involved in the very periphery of this research and am always happy to give it a little promotion.…
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Is grade king in gold mining?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Mineral Economics, Mining, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Technical Paper Reviews

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Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure to be involved in some fascinating research that is of genuine use to the mining industry. The work investigated the linkage between economic geology and mine costs in gold mining in Australian and New Zealand, i.e. what are the geological characteristics that lead to lower or higher mining costs across the industry…
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Discovery Day 2015: How mineral deposits are really discovered!

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

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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,…
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