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GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DIVISION


 

West Australian Geologist (WAG)

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

 

Number 523: June – July 2017  (1.3 Mb PDF file)

 

Past Issues

 

 

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.

 

 

NEXT MONTHLY MEETING

 

Wednesday 5th July, 2017

 

Talk title:     A new link between the Earth’s deadliest mass-extinction event and largest nickel ore deposits

 

Speaker:    Dr Margaux Le Vaillant, CSIRO Mineral Resources, 26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington, WA 6151, Australia

 

Abstract:    The Noril’sk deposits in Russia, most valuable source of nickel on Earth, formed along with giant eruptions of lava 250 million year ago. Mass release of nickel into the atmosphere during ore formation was proposed as a trigger for the Permo-Triassic mass extinction event - termed the Great Dying – killing over 95% of species on Earth. Release of nickel would have promoted a marine organism’s activity with catastrophic greenhouse climatic effects. But how did the nickel get into the volcanic gases? We found the smoking gun: nickel-rich sulphide droplets physically attached to former gas bubbles, frozen into the Noril’sk ores.

 

About the speaker:    Originally from France, Margaux completed her undergrad in Paris (prepa BCPST at St Louis) and Nancy (National engineer school of Geology, ENSG). She then completed her Masters in collaboration with Lulea University of Technology in northern Sweden. In 2011, she moved to Perth to start her PhD at UWA, within the Centre for Exploration Targeting. During her time with CET, Margaux worked on hydrothermal footprints around magmatic nickel sulphide deposits, and will present the results of this study today. Over the last three years, Margaux has been working at CSIRO as a post-doctoral fellow, looking at the physical processes related to the emplacement of magmatic nickel sulphide deposits, she now joined as a research scientist leading the Hydrothermal footprint team.

 

 

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

 

 

2016 GSA-WA Division AGM Minutes

The GSA-WA Division 2016 Annual General Meeting was held at the Irish Club, Subiaco on Wednesday 4 May 2016.

Click here to download the Interim* 2016 AGM Minutes (542 Kb PDF)

*  Please note this remains an Interim Report, pending acceptance by GSA-WA Divisional membership at the next (May 2017) AGM

 

Gibb Maitland Medal 2017

Call for Nominations - Now Closed

 

The Gibb Maitland Medal was established 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 annually and nominations are now sought for the 2017 Award.

 

In assessing nominations, the primary consideration will be the significance of individuals’ contributions to geoscience and the quality of their scientific work.  To reflect the importance of resources to Western Australia, particular consideration is given to contributions that relate in some way to discovery or documentation of mineral and petroleum resources in the state.  Geoscientists from industry and from academic, government or other institutions are all eligible for the award, but especially those who are actively engaged in their careers, whether in Western Australia or not.  Unsuccessful nominees do not have to be renominated because their names automatically remain on the list for annual consideration for five years, although sponsors may wish to update the nomination.

 

Recent recipients of the Medal include:

 

2005   Dr Jon Hronsky                                WMC Resources

2007   Dr Peter Eadington                          CSIRO

2009   Mr Philip Commander                     Department of Water

2010   Dr Tim Griffin                                    GSWA

2011   Dr Stephen Barnes                         CSIRO

2012   Dr Scott Halley                                 Mineral Mapping Pty.

2013   Professor Cam McCuaig                Centre for Exploration Targeting, UWA

2014   Dr Ravi Anand                                 CSIRO

2015   Dr Graham Begg                              Minerals Targeting International Pty Ltd

2016   Professor Kliti Grice                         Curtin University

2017   Dr Ian Tyler                                       GSWA

No awards were made in 2006 or 2008

 

Nominations should be in writing, with sufficient details of the nominee to allow evaluation by the Awards Subcommittee.

 

2017 Gibb Maitland guidelines & nomination form download: MS Word doc

 

Nominations will be strictly confidential and should be sent to the Convenor no later than Monday 28th November 2016.

 


 

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