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    Fundamentals of Geochemical Exploration – a workshop

    Workshop outline:

    Exploration geochemistry programs have led to the discovery of many major mineral deposits across the world. This workshop will provide a general overview of the principles that drive the design of exploration geochemical surveys, from the processes that control the dispersion of elements to the factors that should be considered when selecting sampling media, analytical methods and data processing. Focus will be given to case studies, to provide context to survey design in some of the archetypal terrains such as the glaciated terrains of the northern hemisphere to the deeply weathered terrains of Australia and Africa and areas under various types of cover in areas such as the Andes.

    The short course is aimed at graduate geoscientists in the minerals exploration sector, senior students in geoscience programs, and others seeking a better understanding of current approaches to exploration geochemistry and the challenges posed by some geochemical landscapes and terrains. The workshop will provide an excellent introduction to the technical sessions of IAGS2020. Participants will have opportunity to work on short practical exercises.

    The short course is being presented by a team of highly experience exploration geochemists and AAG members, drawn from industry, government and academia whose geochemical experiences span projects on every continent.

    The AAG is offering the option for participants to complete assignment work after the workshop for which, if successfully completed, the AAG will issue a micro-credential.

    Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop along.




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    Beth McClenaghan FAAG

    Beth is a graduate of the Universities of Waterloo and Queen’s. She has 28 years as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada and is Head of the Geochemistry Section. Her research focuses on methods development in use of till geochemistry and indicator minerals for mineral exploration in glaciated terrain, with particular emphasis on diamonds, precious and base metals. She is an Adj. Prof. at Queen’s Univ. and supervises graduate students at Queen’s and other universities. She has edited EXPLORE since 2006 and was awarded the AAG’s Silver Medal in 2013 for dedicated service to the Association.

    David Cohen FAAG FRSN

    David is a professor of geochemistMry and former head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UNSW. He was President of the AAG 2008-2009. He has over 35 years of research experience in exploration and environmental geochemistry with projects based in Australia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. He has published over 75 papers, book chapters and major government reports and is an associate editor of the Journal of Geochemical Exploration. He was the 2013 AusIMM visiting lecturer to New Zealand.

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    Dennis Arne FAAG

    Dennis is Principal of Telemark Consulting. He has over 35 years’ experience as a geologist specializing in geochemistry and economic geology in a wide range of environments in both the minerals and the petroleum industries, as an academic, and in geological surveys. In recent years he has been employed by several mining industry consulting groups contributing to global exploration programs for precious and base metals, as well as battery metals. He has published in the areas of applied geochemistry, economic geology and alteration mineralogy. He is an independent consultant based in regional Victoria.

    Neil Rutherford FAAG

    Neil is a geological and geochemical consultant with over 40 years’ experience in mineral exploration, project management and ore body evaluation with specialist experience in precious and base metals, uranium. A recognised industry consultant and “in-house” workshop teaching and lecturer in geochemistry and a range of metal and non-metal mineral commodities and settings. Has worked extensively in Australia, Asia, Asia Pacific and in Africa, Cyprus, Turkey, Balkans. Over the last fifteen years he has acted as a Competent Person on the ASX bourse.

    Rob Bowell FAAG

    Rob is Corporate Consultant with SRK Consulting. He holds degrees in chemistry and geology from Manchester  University and a PHD from Southampton University. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry. Currently he is also an Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University, Ontario. His specialisation is in the application of mineralogy and geochemistry to mining and processing issues.  He conducts research in hydrogeochemistry and low temperature geochemical processes. He is a former president of AAG.

    Ryan Noble FAAG

    Ryan is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO. He has a BSc and MSc in Soil Science from Univ. Tennessee and a PhD in Applied Geology from Curtin University. He joined CSIRO 14 years ago and has worked on numerous regolith, soil-gas and groundwater geochemistry projects related to Au, base metal, Ni and U mineral exploration. Ryan is the Past-President of the AAG, a Board member of the Australian Geoscience Council and Earth Science Western Australia, and on the editorial board of Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis.