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Registration Open for the ANNUAL DINNER & 62nd AWARD PRESENTATION
Friday 1st May 2015

Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm start
Gypsy Tapas House, Cnr Queen & High St, Fremantle

Cost: $65 for members plus one guest at member rate, $85 for non members and $40 for student members

For more details and registration see link below:

RSVP: Sunday 26th April, 2015



A Geological Field Trip to the Capes Region of Southwest WA

By popular demand John Bunting, author of ‘A Geological Field Guide to the Capes Region of Southwest WA’ will be supporting a field trip to the Southwest.


Date: Saturday the 16th to Sunday the 17th of May, 2015

Starting Location: Dunsborough boat ramp

Cost: $33 (GSA members) or $44 (non-members)

NOTE: Participants will be required to arrange their own transport, accommodation and meals.

Click here to download the latest flyer for further information



West Australian Geologist (WAG)

Bi-monthly newsletter of the Western Australian Division of the Geological Society of Australia Inc.


Number 511: April  ̶  May 2015  (1.9 Mb PDF file)


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Monthly Meetings

Time:  5.30 pm for 6.00 pm formal start (bar open upstairs before talk)

Venue:  Irish Club of WA, 61 Townshend Rd, Subiaco

Download a map showing the location, or check out the venue with Google Maps.





Wednesday 1st April, 2015


Talk title:  Transport of metals and sulphur in magmas by flotation of sulphide melt on vapour bubbles


Speaker:   Dr James Mungall, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada


Abstract:   Emissions of sulphur and metals from magmas in Earth’s shallow crust can have global impacts on human society. Sulphur-bearing gases emitted into the atmosphere during volcanic eruptions affect climate and metals and sulphur can accumulate in the crust above a magma reservoir to form giant copper and gold ore deposits, as well as massive sulphur anomalies. The volumes of sulphur and metals that accumulate in the crust over time exceed the amounts that could have been derived from an isolated magma reservoir. They are instead thought to come from injections of multiple new batches of vapour- and sulphide-saturated magmas into the existing reservoirs. However, the mechanism for the selective upward transfer of sulphur and metals is poorly understood because their main carrier phase, sulphide melt, is dense and is assumed to settle to the bottoms of magma reservoirs. Here we use laboratory experiments as well as gas-speciation and mass-balance models to show that droplets of sulphide melt can attach to vapour bubbles to form compound drops that float. We demonstrate the feasibility of this mechanism for the upward mobility of sulphide liquids to the shallow crust. Our work provides a mechanism for the atmospheric release of large amounts of sulphur, and contradicts the widely held assumption that dense sulphide liquids rich in sulphur, copper and gold will remain sequestered in the deep crust.


About the speaker:   James Mungall received a BSc in Geology from the University of Waterloo in 1987 and then did MSc and PhD theses at McGill University. His early interests in rare subalkaline intrusions gradually morphed into a fascination for non-equilibrium processes in magmatic systems, which he pursued in his postdoctoral research at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut. In 1996 the world of mineral exploration tempted him away from academia for a couple of years until in 1999 he found a niche at the University of Toronto where he could apply field, theoretical, and experimental approaches to the study of magmatic ore deposits. After spending several field seasons combining consulting and research on Ni-Cu-PGE deposits in northern Canada he took a one year leave of absence in 2008-09 to serve as Chief Geologist at Noront Resources Ltd, overseeing the geological staff working on Ni-Cu-PGE, Cr and Fe-Ti-V deposits in the McFaulds Lake area of Ontario. He has since returned to the University of Toronto, where he holds the Norman Keevil Chair in Ore Genesis.



Wednesday 6th May, 2015


Talk title:  Connecting Mineral Systems and Lithospheric Architecture – The Greenfields Frontier


Speaker:   Dr Graham C Begg1,2, 1Minerals Targeting International PL, 2ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems/GEMOC


Abstract:   Greenfields Exploration is in crisis. A long term falling success rate has helped fuel falling expenditures in recent times. A breakthrough in exploration success will require breakthrough capabilities in both Prediction (targeting) and Detection that open up new search space and restore confidence in the sector.


Advances in geoscience over the last 20 years in disciplines such as geochronology, seismology, mantle petrology, electrical geophysics (e.g. magnetotellurics), and geochemistry (e.g. isotopic and trace element analysis), coupled with continental- and global- scale datasets (e.g. geology, topography, gravity, magnetics, passive seismic, remote sensing) and powerful visualisation and interrogation platforms (e.g. GIS), have given us the opportunity to revolutionise our understanding of the continental lithosphere. This revolution is now at an advanced stage. We can map both crustal and Sub-Continental Lithospheric Mantle (SCLM) architecture, history and geodynamic evolution to a resolution in space and time that is relevant to understanding metallogeny and the exploration targeting of ore deposits. We find that Archean SCLM volumetrically dominates continents, lurking beneath many younger crustal terranes. This ancient inherited architecture and composite history has a profound influence on younger crustal architecture and geological events.


A Mineral Systems approach to understanding ore deposits involves consideration of the processes that are involved in deposit formation. Exploration involves the search for symptoms of these processes, with each symptom expressed in the signals in geoscience data. Increasingly we are understanding that large Mineral Systems operate at the scale of the entire lithosphere (e.g. Griffin et al., 2013, Nature Geoscience 6, 905-910). We are now in a unique position to couple a Mineral Systems approach with a new understanding of lithospheric architecture, and forge a new frontier in Greenfields discovery.


About the speaker:   Graham Begg has 30 years experience in the mining and minerals exploration sector, with WMC, BHP, and his own consulting company Minerals Targeting International (MTI). He has a PhD in tectonics and ore deposit geology. Since 2002 he has also spearheaded research in collaboration with Macquarie University aimed at creating the first detailed global understanding of the architecture and history of the full continental lithosphere (crust and mantle), and hopes to thereby facilitate a breakthrough in greenfields mineral discovery. In 2008 he commercialised this Intellectual Property through MTI. He is a passionate advocate for innovation in the exploration sector.



GSA-WA Student Bursary


The GSA-WA offers bursaries to assist students in their studies and research.


Up to $1000 can be granted for any meritorious project, for 1 or several students, such as field trips, for laboratory costs, for travel costs or conferences.


Applications close 31 March and 30 September each year.


View the flyer for further information and complete the application form to submit a nomination.


Bursary Flyer download: PDF doc

Bursary Application Conditions download: MS Word doc

Bursary Application Form download: MS Word doc



2015 Gibb Maitland Medal


The Gibb Maitland Medal is awarded by the Western Australia Division of the Geological Society of Australia in order to recognize individuals who have made substantial contributions to geoscience in Western Australia. It is named for Andrew Gibb Maitland, Government Geologist from 1896 to 1926, who established the Geological Survey of Western Australia. The Medal is usually awarded each year and nominations are now sought for the 2015 Gibb Maitland medallist.


2015 Gibb Maitland guidelines & nomination form download: MS Word doc


Nominations closed Monday 1 December 2014 and the winner will be announced shortly.



2014 GSA-WA Division AGM Minutes

The GSA-WA Division 2014 Annual General Meeting was held at the Irish Club, Subiaco on Wednesday 2 April 2014.

Click here to download the 2014 AGM Minutes (598 Kb PDF)




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