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Workshops and Short Courses

It is at the discretion of each Convenor to cancel a short course or workshop if minimum numbers are not reached.

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Ore Textures and Breccias FULL

Understanding and coping with textural features associated with mineralization. This is by far the most important training course, as it covers the vital areas which are only superficially addressed in most undergraduate curricula. It is highly recommended as this underpins almost all aspects of exploration assessments.  


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2D/3D Mineral Prospectivity & Geological Process Modelling

This course will outline state of the art empirical and process modelling methods in mining and mineral exploration. Case studies concerning targeting of epithermal Au-Ag mineral deposits in the Drummond Basin, and IOCG deposits in the Mount Isa district will be considered to illustrate how risk management can be addressed. Specifically, the workshop will be focussing on multi-scale geostatistical integration of GIS information by means of data-driven methodologies and numerical modeling simulations of ore-genetic processes.

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Fluids Minerals & Melts: investigating hydrothermal processes using laser ablation-ICPMS techniques.

Laser ablation-based micro-analysis is rapidly revolutionizing our understanding of ore deposits by enabling precise trace element and isotopic analyses with high spatial resolution and high sensitivity. LAICPMS trace element and isotopic analyses yield insight into a range of processes relevant to ore deposit formation such as fluid, metal, and magma sources; fluid and magma compositional evolution; fluid-rock reaction pathways; ore and gangue mineral precipitation mechanisms; and metal partitioning among fluids, melts, and minerals. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss applications of and demonstrate the analysis of trace elements and isotopic ratios in fluid inclusions, melt inclusions, and minerals. The workshop will include both lectures and hands on demonstrations. Lectures will detail instrumentation and application of LAICPMS techniques to solving problems relevant to ore deposit genesis. The hands-on portion of the course will demonstrate the operation of a 193 nm eximer laser used in conjunction with both a multi-collector ICPMS instruments for the in situ analysis of S isotopes and a quadrupole ICPMS for the analysis of trace elements in fluid and melt inclusions.

Maximum 12 people

Minimum  6 people

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Mapping Mineral Systems with Hyperspectral Sensing

This one day course is aimed at improving skills in the use of hyperspectral mineral maps using a mineral systems framework and standard GIS tools.  Mineral maps are now being delivered through the government geosurveys as part of their precompetitive geoscience suite. The mineral systems approach allows the selection and interpretation of the appropriate mineral abundance and mineral physicochemistries, as well as other pre-competitive data (geophysics, geology, geochemistry), in order to map viable fluid source, pathway/s, depositional sites and outflow zones and is particularly useful for identifying high gradients where metals may have deposited.   

To facilitate this process, participants are encouraged to bring their laptops armed with a suitable GIS package (e.g. MapInfo or ARCGIS) so that they can load a selection of case history data, including those from the Queensland government’s recent Smart Exploration/Mining Initiatives ( for mineral mapping in the Mount Isa and Georgetown areas.

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 Iron-Oxide Copper Gold-Deposits; geology & discovery

A practical course on IOCG environments, their alteration footprints,  and their exploration in exposed and under-cover terrains

This course will bring together a group of international experts to review current understanding of the geology and exploration characteristics of IOCG deposits, with emphases on metallogenesis and examples in the Precambrian cratons of Australia, Canada, Brazil and Sweden. Commonalities among the studied IOCG systems in terms of alteration zoning, breccias, mineralization and geochemical footprints will be highlighted to frame the extraordinary range of IOCG and affiliated deposits into a conceptual evolutionary magnetite-group to hematite-group IOCG±U deposit model. System development at regional to deposit scale and continuum with other deposit types will be illustrated based on stunning field exposures. The potent mineralizing effects of mixing of fluids from different sources in geodynamic environments that can sustain thermal crustal anomalies will be addressed to explain how series of world-class deposits can cluster within a single district. Finally, now that analytical breakthroughs are solving IOCG's fluid sources and reconciling debates over the 'right' metallogenic model, it is time to ponder on the role of magmatism in the genesis of some components of low-Ti magnetite-apatite deposits and the role of geology in increasing effectiveness of exploration for IOCG deposits from under cover to well exposed settings.

Participants planning to attend the field trip in the Mount Isa - Cloncurry area are advised they should enrol for day 1 only.*

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Mineral Systems: Concepts to Practical Outcomes


Sediment-Hosted Gold: Carlin & Orogenic Styles



Porphyry Copper & Epithermal Gold Deposits



The Nature & Genesis of Uranium Deposits in Australia, Canada & Worldwide: insights from the new & improved Geological Tools/Technology 




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