In September, the Society of Economic Geologists University of Western Australia Student Chapter traveled to the far northern reaches of Western Australia to undertake a fieldtrip in the remote Kimberley Region. Over eleven days, seven participants, visited six sites in various phases of operation right from exploration, through to mining and care & maintenance. The deposit styles varied with participant’s heading underground at Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine, the worlds largest producing mine of diamonds and holding gold bars at Pantoro’s Nicholsons Find orogenic gold deposit. Panoramic Resources showcased their orthomagmatic Ni-Cu deposits Savannah and Copernicus, currently under care and maintenance, and their Cr exploration project Panton. King River Copper hosted the participants for a night under the Kimberley stars on their Speewah Dome Cu-Au-Ag epithermal exploration project, showing some beautiful outcropping fluorite veins, whilst also exploring their Speewah V-Ti-Fe project observed in layered mafic intrusions. A visit to the historical Old Halls Creek town site, where one of Australia’s first gold rushes took place, concluded the suite of magnificent localities. The trip would not be complete without a stop at the UNESCO listed Bungle Bungle’s in the Purnululu National Park and a stop at the spectacular Devonian Reef Complex, an ancient barrier-reef system.
We would firstly like to thank our sponsors AngloGold Ashanti, HiSeis and GEOsborne who without your support of the student chapter this trip would not have been made possible. To the companies whom gave us access and provided support on the trip including Rio Tinto, Panoramic Resources, Pantoro and King River Copper. To Prof. Sandi Occhipinti (CET), Dr. Mark Lindsay (CET), Prof. Annette George (UWA) and Dr. Murray Rayner (Rio Tinto) for assisting in preparation and providing geological knowledge in the area. Big thanks to the Society of Economic Geologists and the SEG Stewart R. Wallace Fund for providing much needed support. Finally, to the CET for always assisting the UWA Student Chapter whenever needed.
Fieldtrip participants at the China Wall, an impressive outcrop of pure white quartz vein, near the Old Halls Creek town site. Participants from left to right, Heta Lampinen, Lillian Kendall-Langley, Nicolas Meriaud, Pilar Escobar, Constanza Jara, Coraline Blaud-Guery and Gonzalo Henriquez.
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SEG UWA Student Chapter 2016 President