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Nickel and PGE Mafic and Ultramafic Systems

The CET undertakes world-leading research into the development of Nickel, platinum group element, and other mafic- and ultramafic-hosted mineralisation. Our team has an enviable track record in the field-based characterisation and chemical and isotopic investigation of deposits, focusing in particular on enhancing exploration success for these important commodities.

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  • 31 August 2014

    Chasing Footprints of an Elusive Quarry

    Remobilization of metals during post-deposition hydrothermal alteration of magmatic sulfide ores has the potential to produce distinct haloes far greater in scale than the source ore body. Recognition of such dispersed signatures may dramatically enlarge the detectable footprin...

    Margaux Le Vaillant

  • 28 February 2014

    A Social License to Undertake Research

    Modern research science is a capital-intensive industry. Scientific resources and agencies are concentrated in wealthy developed nations with the economic and infrastructure base to support such fundamental endeavours. Nature, however, respects no such distinctions - and we com...

    Mark Jessell, Geoff Batt

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