Ores and Resources
Under the banner of CReST – the Centre for Resource Science and Technology – a significant number of academics working on mineral resource geoscience, focusing particularly on understanding the fundamental geological processes that promote formation of ore deposits. Many of us focus on understanding the mantle to crustal scale geochemical processes the lead to ore localisation, and others focus on understanding the geodynamic, magmatic and structural processes that go hand in hand with the geochemistry. Some of us collaborate with metallurgists to solve problems in metal recovery, and others work on the geology of hydrocarbon and geothermal resources and nuclear waste disposal.
The mechanics of magma emplacement; magmatic sulfide transport and deposition; 3D structural geology of ore deposits (lode gold, iron ore, magmatic sulphides, base metals); fracture network characterisation (hydrocarbon reservoir analogues, geothermal applications, radioactive waste disposal).
Hydrothermal geochemistry applied to understanding ore localisation and metallurgy.
Structural controls on gold deposits and tectonic-magmatic processes underlying porphyry deposit formation.
Tectonic evolution of continents and consequent large-scale metallogeny.
Isotope fractionation and redox processes that underpin ore deposit-related magma evolution.
Associate Professor Jeffrey Stilwell
Palaeontology applied to oil exploration.
Mantle and crustal scale sulfur cycling, metamorphic influences on ore genesis and ore evolution. Genesis of orogenic gold, porphyry Cu-Au, magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide systems, and mid-crustal hydrothermal U-REE.
Structural and geodynamic controls on ore systems