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Gibb Maitland Medal 2018

Call for Nominations - Now Open


The Gibb Maitland Medal was inaugurated 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 2018 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:


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.


2018 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 4th December 2017.


West Australian Geologist (WAG)

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


Number 524: August – September 2017  (2.8 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 6th September 2017


Talk title:     Weathering history of the petroglyphs of the Murujuga (Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago) in Western Australia: troubled relationships between rocks, men and birds


Speaker:    Dr Erick Ramanaidou, CSIRO Mineral Resources, 26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington, WA 6151


Abstract:    The Murujuga (Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago) is located on the western coast of the Pilbara region of WA. It is of irreplaceable cultural and archaeological importance as it contains Australia’s largest and most important collection of aboriginal rock art, essentially as petroglyphs of which more than one million engravings have been documented. The lithology of the Murujuga is dominated by weathered granophyre and gabbro. The petroglyphs were carved by removing a few millimetres of the uppermost iron oxide-rich layer to expose the lighter zone underneath. The contrast between the original reddish background and the lighter coloured etching makes the engravings obvious to the naked eye.


The Murujuga is a textbook example of the collision between ancient and modern times as it also hosts potentially polluting major industrial complexes such as iron ore and salt ports, liquefied natural gas, liquid ammonia and ammonium nitrate plants, railway lines, pipelines and rock quarries.  There have been concerns about the effect of these activities on the future stability and longevity of the petroglyphs. Accordingly, since 2003, a number of monitoring studies have been undertaken, including air dispersion modelling, air quality and microclimate; colour change, dust deposition and accelerated weathering, and mineral spectroscopy. The studies were based on seven sites (chosen under the guidance of indigenous elders), two control sites are located on the Dampier Archipelago Dolphin and Gidley islands and the remaining five are further south on the lower Murujuga, closer to the industrial areas. The monitoring study underpins this presentation, as we were allowed to collect a small amount of rock specimens.


This presentation interfaces with an archaeological framework as part of the relationship between rocks, men and birds. It is however, fundamentally, a geological paper that provides new information on the mineralogy, petrology, chemistry and spectroscopy of the weathering profile developed on both granophyre and gabbro. It also shows the impact of bird droppings on the rocks as well as providing an original technique to establish the relative age of the petroglyphs.


About the speaker:    Erick is the Research Commodity Research Leader for Iron and lateritic Nickel with CSIRO Mineral Resources based at ARRC in Perth Western Australia. He is the co-chairman and editor of the International Iron Ore Conference (2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017). In 2008, he received the prestigious Stillwell Medal for his work on the Channel Iron Deposits (CID). Inspired by the natural laboratories of the Hamersley Province in WA and the Iron Quadrangle in Minas Gerais Brazil, Erick has developed genetic models for the giant iron ores; (1) banded iron-formation (BIF) hosted iron ores and (2) channel iron deposits. The development of a suite of multiscale analytical tools for the characterisation of iron ores has been Erick’s scientific ambition from Synchrotron chemical mapping of phosphorus, aluminium and silicon, and Raman and reflectance spectroscopies of iron oxides to dating goethite and hematite using U-Th-He. Characterising large volumes of iron ores has been a challenge for mining companies and the implementation of automated techniques such as the HyLogging System™ have provided the iron ore industry with an objective tool to measure hundreds of km of core. Erick has also applied reflectance spectroscopy for monitoring the aboriginal petroglyphs of the Burrup Peninsula to ensure safeguarding of our state heritage.



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




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