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The Discovery Outcrop

To stumble upon in the field and recognise it for what it is – outcropping mineralisation with the grade and size potential to become an orebody. A long-anticipated moment of fierce joy and satisfaction for the lone prospector or exploration geologist. In a near 60-year career this […]

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Marjex Core Frame Instructions pdf

Please click on link below. Core Frame Instruction Booklet  

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The purpose of science is to seek truth, not proclaim it

Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of uncertainty – some most unsure, some nearly sure, none absolutely certain.” – Richard Feynman, Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate.  “The unknown is the dark matter of all things, the greater part of the universe.” Geoffrey Weiss, 2021 […]

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Who discovered Australia?

As a 10-year-old in 1953, I migrated with my family to South Australia, and settled in to one of the fast-growing outer suburbs of Adelaide that were being rapidly built at that time to accommodate the post-war influx of migrants. I enrolled for the new term at […]

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The ninety seven percent solution

The Problem Climate Change (CC) dominates today’s environmental concerns. We are daily bombarded with the message that it will lead to future catastrophe for humanity, if not for the planet. Human emissions of greenhouse gasses are the primary cause and only drastic societal change will enable us […]

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Geologists Wobble and the fractal nature of rocks

  Here’s the thing You know what Australia looks like. You would recognise it on a map: its general shape, the peninsulas, the great gulfs. You could draw it from memory, probably, and if you did, it might look something like this: Figure 1 That’s a pretty […]

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Exeter

Early one summer’s evening in Exeter, having just dropped off a friend for his train at St David’s Station, I am returning to my car when I am hailed by an old acquaintance, Jack. Jack greets me effusively: Hi there. I’m glad I saw you. I  just […]

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The Camera and the Interrogator

The camera and the interrogator Speak to exploration geologists and you will find two opposing views about what a geologist should do when observing outcrop or drill core in the field.  Some seek merely to be unbiased objective recorders of what they see.  Others observe the rock […]

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The Great Pandemic of 1889-1890

The Great Pandemic of 1889-1890 In the Northern winter of 1889 -1890, one of the deadliest pandemics since the Black Death of the mid 14th Century swept the world. Our forebears called it the Russian Flu.  Where the Black Death took three years to spread from Constantinople […]

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The Copper Wars of Butte and the Invention of Underground Geological Mapping

The Copper Wars, called by some the Battle of Butte, took place from 1898 to 1906 between the Anaconda Copper Company and companies owned by Fredrick Augustus Heinze. One of the minor but significant players these wars was young Anaconda geologist Reno Sales (1876-1969).  In his eighties, […]

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