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Walter Witt

Adjunct Research Fellow

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

+61 8 9272 1037
+61 437 137 926


Walter has worked as a geoscientist since 1973, in Industry, government and academic positions, primarily as an exploration geologist or in research positions directed to the application of geoscientific data and methods to the discovery of mineral deposits.  He currently works as The Walter Witt Experience, consulting and contracting to a range of Industry, government and academic clients.

Walter’s early career was focussed on nickel and gold exploration in the Yilgarn Craton, and geological mapping and gold mineralisation studies in the Yilgarn for the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA).  In 1998, he was awarded the Geological Society of Australia’s Gibb-Maitland Medal for substantial contributions to geoscience in Western Australia, with particular consideration given to contributions that relate to the occurrence or discovery of mineral resources.  Since 2005, he has worked as a geological consultant in Australia, Asia, Africa and South America.  Currently, Walter is compiling a Yilgarn Gold Exploration Atlas for the CET and GSWA.

Research interests

•    Mineral Exploration (particularly gold but including base metals and rare earth elements)
•    Geological mapping and exploration target generation
•    Structural geology
•    Hydrothermal alteration
•    Igneous and hydrothermal geochemistry and their application to minerals exploration


An Explorer's Guide to Hydrothermal Alteration in the Yilgarn Craton and Beyond


Witt, W.K., Hammond, D.P. and Townend, R., in press. The Ngualla Rare Earth Element Deposit, Tanzania.  SGA Conference, Uppsala, Sweden, August, 2013 (Abstract).

Witt, W. K., Hagemann, S. G., Ojala J., Laukamp, C., Vennemann, T., Villanes, C. and Nykanen, V., 2013. Multiple Methods for Regional- to Mine-scale Targeting, Pataz gold field, northern Peru.  Australian Journal of Earth Sciences (published on-line).

Witt, W.K., Hagemann, S.G. and Villanes, C., 2013. Geochemistry and geology of spatially and temporally associated calc-alkaline (I-type) and K-rich (A-type) magmatism in a Carboniferous continental arc setting, Pataz gold mining district, northern Peru.  Australian Journal of Earth Sciences (published on-line).

Witt, W.K., Hagemann, S.G., Villanes, C. and Zheng, Q., 2013,  New geochronological results and structural evolution of the Pataz gold mining district: implications for the timing and origin of the batholith-hosted veins.  Ore Geology Reviews, 50, 143-170.

Witt, W.K., Hagemann, S.G. and Miller, J. McL., 2012, Lode gold mineralisation: Tectonic and structural controls, from continental- to deposit-scale.  Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Structural geology and Resources Conference, Kalgoorlie, September, 2012 (Abstract Volume).

Witt, W.K., Mason, D.R. and Hammond, D.P., 2009. Archaean Karari gold deposit, Eastern Goldfields Province, Western Australia: a monzonite-associated disseminated gold deposit. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 56, 1061-1086.

Witt, W.K. and Hammond, D.P., 2008, Archean gold mineralization in an intrusion-related, geochemically zoned, district-scale alteration system in the Carosue Basin, Western Australia.  Economic Geology, 103, 445-454.

Witt, W.K., 2001, Tower Hill gold deposit, Western Australia: an atypical, multiply-deformed gold-quartz vein deposit.  Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 48, 81-99.

Witt, W.K. and Vanderhor, F., 1998. Diversity within a unified model for Archaean gold mineralization in the Yilgarn Craton of Western Australia: an overview of the late-tectonic, structurally-controlled gold deposits.  Ore Geology Reviews, 13, 29-64.

Witt, W.K., Knight, J.T. and Mikucki, E.J., 1997. A synmetamorphic lateral fluid flow model for gold mineralization in the southern Kalgoorlie and Norseman Terranes, Western Australia.  Economic Geology, 92, 407-437.