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The definition of a geological fault

The definition of a geological fault The most important structures for any mineral explorer to understand are faults. But what exactly, is a geological fault? To geologists the answer seems so obvious that few of them (or even many structural geology textbooks) ever bother with a definition. And when […]

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The fashion for fact checking

The fashion for fact checking I’m preachin’ dis sermon to show It ain’t nessa, ain’t nessa ain’t nessa, ain’t nessa Ain’t necessarily so!    (Ira Gershwin, 1935) “Fact” and “Truth” are abstract ideals that you can seek, but never be certain to have achieved. To claim a  piece […]

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The Unravelling of Science

THE  UNRAVELLING OF SCIENCE The development of the Scientific Method was one of the great achievements of the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th Centuries. The method is based on three pillars: reproducible evidence, deductive reasoning, and hypotheses that can be tested by experiment. It freed scientists from the […]

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Look after your Drill Core: it’s a resource that keeps on giving

Look after your drill core: it’s a resource that keeps on giving Diamond drilling is always undertaken for the needs of the moment. But fresh-cut rock, in most cases, will last hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Drill core is a resource which can keep on giving […]

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Aboriginal Heavy Mineral Separation Technology in the Pilbara, Western Australia

Aboriginal Heavy Mineral Separation Technology in the Pilbara of Western Australia More than 50 years ago I observed a heavy mineral separation technique being practiced by aboriginals in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The technique was simple, effective and probably unique. I have never seen it […]

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The Philanthropist of Nullagine

The philanthropist of Nullagine The town of Nullagine, in the Pilbara region in the northwest of Western Australia, is situated 1400 km NNE OF the State capital Perth, where the old Great Northern Highway crosses the broad, dry, sandy bed of the Nullagine River. The town was […]

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Climate change: naming of parts (re-post)

Climate change: naming of parts Reed, Henry. “Naming of Parts.” New Statesman and Nation 24, no. 598 (8 August 1942): 92. NAMING OF PARTS To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday, We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning, We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day, […]

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The movement of faults

The movement of faults Faults are not mathematical planes (2D surfaces with length and depth but no thickness) but 3D tabular zones of deformed rock. The length and depth of a fault is always much greater than its thickness, but fault width can vary through many orders […]

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

The purpose of Science is to seek truth, not proclaim it. “Science is an ongoing race between our inventing ways to fool ourselves and our inventing ways to avoid being fooled.”- Saul Perlmutter, Astrophysicist and Nobel Laureate. Is there such a thing as a geological fact map? […]

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Fear Of Fat

FEAR OF FAT In 1841, Scottish journalist Charles Mackay wrote a book called Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. The title is self-explanatory, the book became a classic, still in print today. Mackay’s examples are drawn from the corruption of religion and capitalism, but today’s […]

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