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Proposed Field Trips

The field trips for the SGA2009 Conference are subject to change. Costs, itineraries and dates may be reviewed from time to time by the Field Trip Leaders and Conference Convenors. Minimum numbers for a field trip have to be reached before a field trip will operate. page. Updated 10th February 2009

Student support is available for Field Trips.
Full details and application form are available on Students information page.

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Nonsulfide Zinc Ore Deposit of Angouran in NW Iran

Pre-Conference, 5 days

The unusually high grade (up to 40%Zn) Angouran-type deposit is the first definedAngouran Field Trip occurrence of this type that consists of a mixed hydrothermal sulfide-carbonate zinc ore with a supergene Zn-carbonate overprint. The depost is situated within the Cenozoic Urumieh-Dokhtar volcanic belt of northwestern Iran. It hosts large fossil and active geothermal fields with numerous hot springs, travertine deposits and sulfataras, as well as the genetically ralated epithermal, precious and polymetallic ore deposits including Angouran. The 3 day field excursion includes a visit to the Angouran mine and to the supergene Zn occurrence at Chichaklou, as well as to a couple of the numerous active and fossil geothermal features including the pre-historic site of Solomon's prison at a travertine mound.

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North Queensland Gold Deposits

Pre-conference, 5 days

The Drummond basin and Charters Towers region has an exceptional endowment of Charters Towers 2gold with over 12 million oz of resources and contains a variety of gold styles that formed over a period of  100 million years. The Pajingo gold mine set a Queensland record for gold production in 2003 of 340,500 oz and Charters Towers produced in excess of six million oz of gold during the main historic mining period between 1872 and 1918. Recent exploration has highlighted significant discoveries at Mount Carlton and Mt Coolon. The field excursion is planned to include Ravenswood, Mt Wright and Charters Towers gold deposits in the Charters Towers district, and Pajingo, Mt Coolon and Mt Carlton gold deposits in the Drummond basin. There will be opportunity to visit historic sites in Charters Towers, a major gold rush town during the late 1800’s. 

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Uranium Mineral Systems in South Australia, including Olympic Dam.

Pre-Conference, 3 days

This field trip FULL

The theme of the tour is Uranium Mineral Systems in South Australia, including breccia-Olympic Damrelated and sandstone hosted examples. It demonstrates the link between 1580 Ma Cu-Au-U mineralisation and younger styles of U mineralisation.

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Breccias, Fluids & Copper Mineralization in the Mt Isa & Cloncurry Region NW Queensland

Post- Conference, 6 days

This field trip FULL

The Proterozoic Mount Isa district is home to world-class base metal and IOCG deposits. A central theme to the copper mineralization in the district is the strong association between brecciation, veining and copper mineralization, with many orebodies being defined by a spatial and genetic association with breccias. This field trip will focus on connections between copper mineralization and their host structures. We will examine mineralized and barren breccias from the district, including the world-famous Mt Isa Copper and Ernest Henry IOCG deposits, and the Starra-Selwyn-Swan Cu-Au-Pb-Zn and IOCG deposits. There will also be field visits to exceptionally well exposed breccias from which the connections between deformation, fracturing, fluid release from granites, and mineralization may become evident to the participants. To keep costs down and socializing up, accommodation is mostly in the JCU Roxmere field camp, with one night in Mount Isa. Participants should bring a sleeping bag, a small pillow or something to stuff clothes in to make into a pillow, towel and toiletries. The weather at that time of year is likely to be around 10 to 18ºC minimum (average 15), 27 to 32 ºC maximum (average 29), and dry/fine (almost no chance of rain). Transport will be by 4WD and minibus, from Mt Isa. Potential participants can reduce travel costs by securing a ride in JCU vehicles travelling to and from Mt Isa the days before and after the trip.

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Apatite-Magnetite Ore Deposits of the Bafq Region in Central Iran

Post-conference, 3 daysApatite-Magnetite Ore

Major (2 Gt) sulfide-poor, Fe oxide-apatite-REE deposits and transitional apatite-REE rich rocks (IOCG) occur in the structurally controlled metallogenic province of Bafq in Central Iran. The mineralization is associated with large scale bimodal volcanism of Lower Cambrian age where a distal alkali metasomatism, and a proximal alteration commonly consisting of Fe oxide-apatite-REE-pyroxene/actinolite/chlorite-garnet-calcite-quartz have developed. During a 3 day field trip we will look at selected active mines and deposits. This field trip is planned to be conducted in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Iran.

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West Coast, South Island New Zealand: Gold and Coal

Post-Conference, 2 Days

The West Coast of the South Island is one of New Zealand’s prime travel destinations, NZ Gold & Coal 1because of its wild and beautiful scenery, and its gold and coal mining heritage. Gold is currently produced from the Globe Progress open pit mine at Reefton and several alluvial gold mining operations. Coal is produced from several underground and open-pit mines, mainly for export. This field trip is being run by the 7th International Mining Geology Conference (, and is open to SGA Conference delegates and partners. 

full details      To register for this field trip contact the Leaders direct

Active and Extinct Epithermal Environments of the North Island New Zealand

Post-Conference, 7 days

The North Island is renowned for its volcanic landscape, hot springs and gold-silver White Island NZdeposits. This 7-day excursion through the Taupo Volcanic Zone and southern Coromandel peninsula provides an overview of epithermal deposits and the processes that lead to their formation, with emphasis on metal transport-deposition, hydrothermal alteration, fluid chemistry, hydrology, and volcanic-tectonic setting.

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High Grade BIF iron deposits: a Yilgarn-Hamersley comparison

Pre-Conference, 8 Days


This trip has been cancelled


Architectural Controls on a 2.6 to 2.7 World Class Gold-Nickel camp, Kambalda,Western Australia

Pre-Conference, 5 days

This trip has been cancelled


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