Prospectivity of late Archean basaltic and gabbroic rocks associated with major gold and base-metal deposits

  • Cas, Raymond (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Amelin, Yuri (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Campbell, Ian (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Weinberg, Roberto (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Bleeker, Wouter (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Wingate, Michael (Partner Investigator (PI))

    Project: Research

    Project Description

    An unusually large number of gold and lead-zinc-copper-silver deposits formed on Earth between about 2.8 and 2.6 billion years ago. In 2009, the mining of these deposits contributed about $5.5 billion to Australia's export earnings and provided the financial backbone for many regional communities. However, the future of this valuable industry is threatened by a prolonged decline in production levels and new discoveries. This multi-disciplinary project will re-evaluate the evolution of Earth's crust during this critical episode and use this understanding to establish a new set of criteria for identifying hidden mineral deposits. The results will benefit the Australian mining industry, regional communities and be of international interest.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/07/1131/12/16

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD246,668.00
    • Silverlake Resources Limited: AUD75,000.00
    • St Ives Gold Mining Company Pty Ltd: AUD90,000.00
    • Jabiru Metals Limited: AUD75,000.00
    • Agnew Gold Mining Company: AUD90,000.00
    • Geological Survey of Western Australia
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD163,332.00
    • Agnew Gold Mining Company