Newsflash - 14 July 2006

New Theses on DM

The value of Data Metallogenica as a repository of useful and accessible knowledge for the minerals industry is continually being reinforced. A new and exciting dimension is currently being added to the DM website – full text digital university PhD theses, which are being donated by their authors. Early examples include:

  • Textural evolution of the Hellyer Massive Sulphide Deposit (Gary McArthur, 1996)
  • The setting, geometry and timing of intrusion-related hydrothermal systems in the vicinity of the Batu Hijau porphyry copper-gold deposit, Sumbawa, Indonesia (Steve Garwin, 2000)
  • Metallogenesis of the Jales Au District, Northern Portugal (Diogo Rosa, 2001)
  • Geology and Genesis of the Bulyanhulu Gold Deposit, Sukumaland Greenstone Belt, Tanzania (Claire Chamberlain, 2003)
  • Magmatic and Hydrothermal Evolution of the Cripple Creek Gold Deposit, Colorado, and Comparisons with Regional and Global Magmatic-Hydrothermal Systems Associated with Alkaline Magmatism (Eric Jensen, 2003)
  • Structural and Geochemical Evolution of the Rosario Copper-Molybdenum Porphyry Deposit and Related Copper-Silver Veins, Collahuasi District, Northern Chile (Glen Masterman, 2003)
  • The Upper Critical and Lower Main Zones of the Eastern Bushveld Complex (Charlie Seabrook, 2005)
  • The geology, timing of mineralisation, and genesis of the Menninnie Dam Zn-Pb-Ag Deposit, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia (Mike Roache, 1996) – this intrusive-related deposit is coeval with the Olympic Dam mineralisation event
  • Geology and Genesis of the Mammoth Cu Deposit, Mt Isa Inlier, Australia (Darryl Clark, 2003)
  • Tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Archaean volcanic-intrusive-sedimentary Boorara Domain succession, Eastern Goldfields Superterrane, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia  (Jessica Trofimovs, 2004)

This development allows much previously largely unavailable primary data to become accessible to exploration geologists and researchers all over the world. We are very grateful to the contributors for allowing their data to be made available to the global community, and urge other students to consider providing their own theses to DM in the future to add value to their hard work.

In the meantime, a separate AMIRA project (P874 Australian Geoscience Thesis Database) by Professor Allan White and Dr Amarendra Changkakoti from the University of Melbourne has commenced with the support of 15 sponsors and the contributing university departments – the aim is to develop a complete Australian geoscience thesis database, including short summaries of each thesis related to mineralisation. This neglected data resource will become easily accessed via the Internet, providing a valuable information resource for all exploration and mining companies in Australia, as well as researchers around the world. An early deliverable has been the basic listing of about 10,000 theses so far. The database is currently confidential to project sponsors but will later be included in DM. Later, theses from universities in other countries will also be progressively added (one contribution already on hand is a complete listing of all theses from the University of Nevada in Reno).

To view the new theses, as well as much other information from mineral deposits from around the world, subscribe to Data Metallogenica today (click here for information).

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