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Globalisation and sustainability in the long-term future of mining and exploration

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

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Earlier in the year I presented a paper at the AusIMM International Mining Geology Conference looking at the role of globalisation and sustianable development in the long term future of mining and exploration. In recent years, political opinion across the world has swayed back from globalisation towards protectionism and localism, whilst a focus on sustainable development seems to have switched…
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Gold Grades and Gold Costs: Exploding the High-Grade Myth

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

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A couple of month's ago my PhD supervisor, Allan Trench, presented at the RIU Explorers Conference in Fremantle, on the subject: "Gold Grades and Gold Costs: Exploding the High-Grade Myth". The presentation was based on work by student Matt Kanakis, so really credit should go to him. It's a nice, simple study, that provides some good initial evidence, that at…
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Spanning boundaries in mining and exploration

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Media, Mining, PhD, Publications

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After a period of travel across Western and Eastern China, and the US states of Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Utah visiting rare earths, minor metal and economic geology conferences, and rare earth and silicon production facilities and numerous copper mines, it is time to catch up on the work done during that period including a number of online articles, conference presentations…
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Deposit Quality, Mineral Exploration Strategy and ‘Boundary Spanners’

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

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At the AusIMM & AIG Ninth International Mining Geology Conference last week I was honoured to contribute to a keynote paper, along with John Vann, the Conference Chair. The paper was entitled: Mines versus Mineralisation - Deposit Quality, Mineral Exploration Strategy and the Role of 'Boundary Spanners'. My contributions were mainly in the area of systemic thinking about mine projects…
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Systems-based Exploration & Mine Project Development and Mining Geology

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Mining, PhD, Publications, Technical Paper Reviews

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Last week I was proud to present a paper at the AusIMM & AIG Ninth International Mining Geology Conference with a paper entitled "Resources vs Reserves: Towards a Systems-based understanding of Exploration and Mine Project Development and the Role of the Mining Geologist". The abstract is included below, as well as a link to the presentation. A copy of the…
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