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Geologists Wobble and the fractal nature of rocks

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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How to salt a gold claim – Part 2, Karpa Springs and Busang

How to salt a gold claim – Part 2, Karpa Springs and Busang

How to Salt a Gold Claim: Part 2 – Karpa Springs and Busang In my previous post I described my encounter in 1984 with claim salting (or at least, alleged salting). These were early days, the late 20th Century gold boom was still young, and  claim salting […]

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How to salt a gold claim: Part 1, Queensland interlude

How to salt a gold claim: Part 1, Queensland interlude

How to Salt a Gold Claim: Part 1 – Queensland Interlude Looking through a box of my old field notebooks the other day I came across one which contained a cartoon sketch I had made of an old Queensland prospector and remembered the story behind it. In […]

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Ore bodies are created, not found

Ore bodies are created, not found

Ore bodies are created, not found There is a widespread belief amongst people outside our profession that all ore bodies that have yet to be found already exist. They are imagined as out there, ready-made by nature, waiting for some lucky prospector or mining company to stumble […]

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Map scales

Map scales

The most fundamental feature of any map is its scale. The scale of a map is the ratio of a length of a unit line on the map to the length that that line represents in the real world.   The ratio is expressed as a fraction that […]

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The Finder and the Minder

The Finder and the Minder

The metals mining industry offers geologists two distinct career paths – the exploration geologist and the mining geologist.  Between these roles there is an overlap of required knowledge and skills, but the job requirements are different and the personality which makes a good exploration geologist seldom makes […]

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