SAXI - Centre for Exploration Targeting

South American Exploration Initiative

Geochemistry and Metallogenic ProcessesIntegrated Exploration TargetingStructure and ArchitectureTime Scales and Geodynamics

Start Date:
1 Oct 2018
End Date:
1 Oct 2023
South America


The second stage of the AMIRA Global P1061B South American Exploration Initiative started on October 1st 2020 and is an integrated 3-year data-gathering program that has been inspired by the highly successful West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI, AMIRA Global project series P934) and borrows some of its aims from other successful exploration programs that have led to new discoveries elsewhere in the world.

The Proterozoic Guiana Shield extends over five countries in north-eastern South America (Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, La Guyane (France) and Brazil) and represents the geological extension of the West African Craton. Between 2006 and 2010 the AMIRA P934 West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI) has built up an extensive exploration database for West Africa that is now out of confidentiality. There is no publicly available equivalent database for the Guiana Shield and neighbouring terranes, and the aim of this project is to build a matching knowledge base that can be combined with the WAXI database to produce a seamless coverage for the two regions.

For more information, visit the dedicated WAXI website here

If you would like to hear an update on the progress made in the first year of the SAXI project please register for the following event.

Information session: South American Exploration Initiative Tickets, Thu, 3 Mar 2022 at 7:00 AM | Eventbrite


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Additional Information

Participating Partner Research Orgs: University of Toulouse, CNRS, University of Lorraine, Laurentian University, University of Western Australia, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), Serviço Geológico do Brasil (CPRM), ADEKUS, BRGM, IRD, UFMG, University of Guyane, Utrecht University

Funding Agencies: AMIRA Global

Industry Participants: AngloGold Ashanti, Barrick, Centamin, Newmont, Reunion Gold