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GSA Specialist Group in Economic Geology Facets of Exploration Dec Webinar

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A monthly series of talks from industry professionals covering many aspects of exploration.

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The GSA Specialist Group in Economic Geology invites you to attend the Facets of Exploration Webinar on 11.00 am WST, Wednesday 2 December.

Our speaker is Andrew Cook, who will be presenting the talk 'Mineral Sands Economic Geology'.

Time:

WST: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (WA)

AEST: 2.00pm - 3.00pm (QLD)

ACST :1.30pm - 2.30pm(NT)

ACDT: 2.30pm – 3.30pm (SA)

AEDT: 3.00pm - 4.00pm (ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC)

Talk Abstract: “Mineral Sands” is a catch-all term for a group of concomitant minerals that supply feedstock to the chemical industry producing coatings. Stop now and look at all the painted and coated surfaces that surround you. These are bigger businesses than most people realize.

On December 2nd Andrew Cook will provide the basics on:

• where mineral sands accumulate,

• how good concentrations form,

• what the chemical industry customers seek,

• what constitutes a commercial occurrence, and

• how you might go about finding and developing mineral sands deposits.

Ilmenite and rutile are the commonly occurring titanium minerals, with ilmenite by far the more naturally abundant. But most titanium is never made into titanium metal. Most ends up as titanium dioxide pigment. With a high refractive index, Titanium Dioxide can act as cover and coatings for paints and fillers.

Ilmenite and rutile are also resistate minerals and, when liberated from rocks, can travel and be incorporated into sediments. Being heavier than quartz sand they also concentrate as placer deposits, most particularly on beaches, and often with other heavy minerals such as zircon and monazite, which can also become useful and profitable by-products.

The mineral sands geologist, thus, is fortunate in being able to work on the beach, or at least where the beach used to be.

Bring your bucket and spade for an informative session aimed at industry starters.

Bio

Andrew Cook has been combing the world’s paleo-beaches for mineral sands for over 30 years in his role as the principal geologist of Iluka Resources Ltd, one of the mineral sands industry’s major players.

Following registration, you will receive a Zoom link to watch the webinar.

We look forward to seeing you on December 2!

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