Underground Knowledge

How cutting-edge research is revealing new ore deposits and the forces that create them

Mineral resources are absolutely pivotal to human society. Our ability to continue extracting them drives industrial development, and expanding our understanding of their formation reveals the geological history of our planet.

The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Tectonics, Resources and Exploration (TRaX) was established to conduct research in both these directions. And progress is being made.
TRaX is contributing to the development of advanced new deposit locating techniques unaffected by dense covering rock.

It’s also at the cutting-edge of Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy, bridging existing atomic-scale observations of ore formation with new ones at the nanoscale, where the processes actually take place.

Associate Professor Nigel Cook will discuss TRaX’s fascinating work and their most exciting findings.

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About the Speaker

Nigel Cook is Director of the Centre for Tectonics, Resources and Exploration, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide.  He is also President of the International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits and Editor-in-Chief of Ore Geology Reviews.

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