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CSIRO Organic Geochemistry of Mineral Systems Cluster

Western Australia

This research program seeks to bridge the worlds of inorganic and organic geochemistry in mineral systems analysis by studying organic-inorganic-metal interactions in sources regions, along transport pathways, and at sites of metal deposition.  

Traditional geochemical research into mineral deposits has focussed on inorganic geochemistry. However, many mineral systems sit within organic-rich environments, where organic material can have a significant impact on the geochemistry of the systems. This research program seeks to bridge the worlds of inorganic and organic geochemistry in mineral systems analysis by studying organic-inorganic-metal interactions in sources regions, along transport pathways, and at sites of metal deposition. Three themes will undertake:

(1) new ways to analyse organic material in mineral systems; (2) field based programs of characterising the nature and distribution of organic matter in and around mineral deposits, and how metal-organic matter interactions have changed through earth history, and (3) development the thermodynamic databases required to incorporate organic geochemistry into the modelling capability of thermodynamic software packages.

Learn more at the new Organic Geochemistry of Mineral Systems Cluster webpage.