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Exploration

Mar 30, 2020
New focus at Urquhart bauxite project

New focus at Urquhart bauxite project

Metallica Minerals says it is keen to investigate a potential industrial sand opportunity at its delayed Urquhart bauxite project on Cape York. It comes the company receives $715,000 as part of the second instalment due on the sale of its 50 per cent interest in the Heavy Mineral Sand (HMS) plant and the HMS tenements… ...

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Mar 26, 2020
Castillo builds on targets at Mount Oxide

Castillo builds on targets at Mount Oxide

Castillo Copper has identified a new target with potential iron oxide copper-gold (IOCG) mineralisation within the Mount Oxide project in North West Queensland. Factoring in the newly identified Pancake prospect, there are now four IOCG targets at the project including the Arya, Crescent and Flapjack prospects. The Mount Oxide project is located 150km north of Mount Isa near… ...

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Mar 20, 2020
Community lockdowns a new challenge for Qld miners

Community lockdowns a new challenge for Qld miners

Diatreme Resources is among the mining and exploration companies impacted by restrictions on entry to Cape York and Gulf Indigenous communities as COVID-19 measures increase. The company plans to develop a new silica mine at its Galalar project, about 200km north of Cairns, in partnership with the traditional owners, Hopevale Congress. Only last month Diatreme… ...

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Mar 19, 2020
Virus presents challenges for junior miners

Virus presents challenges for junior miners

Junior miners chasing greenfield discoveries continued to both struggle for funding and brace for the impact of coronavirus on equity markets, according to Mitchell Services CEO, Andrew Elf. Mitchell Services generates approximately 90 per cent of revenue from drilling for Tier 1 producers with long life, low-cost mines who are focused on resource definition, development… ...

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Mar 18, 2020
Globe-trotting geos caught in coronavirus crackdown

Globe-trotting geos caught in coronavirus crackdown

The mining exploration sector is facing increased disruption with Australians now instructed to avoid overseas travel and those returning facing 14-day self-isolation in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19. About 25 per cent of the members of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists work outside of Australia, according to president Andrew Waltho. He said… ...

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Mar 17, 2020
Coal mine employees cleared of COVID-19

Coal mine employees cleared of COVID-19

Daunia coal mine workers isolated after contact with an infected supplier have returned negative COVID-19 test results. Mine owner BMA said the visitor had limited contact with the team at Daunia, 30km south-east of Moranbah, before his positive results. Those identified as having close contact with the individual were placed in in self-isolation as a… ...

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Mar 16, 2020
What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Geologists are colloquially known as ‘rock lickers’ or ‘rock doctors’. They’re not known as ‘software smoochers’, ‘hardware huggers’ or ‘GPS kissers’. The distinction, from an industry leader, is a lesson for young geos. That lesson is, ‘stay grounded’. This was in the face of a more difficult discovery environment, the plethora of technical tools and… ...

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Mar 11, 2020
Online atlas to aid explorers in the North West

Online atlas to aid explorers in the North West

An atlas of significant mineral deposits in the North West Minerals Province is taking shape, including 3D entries. The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute is collaborating with the Geological Survey of Queensland to develop the deposit atlas. The SMI says the work will serve as a resource for explorers to improve their capability to recognise the… ...

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Mar 10, 2020
South32 extends backing for exploration partnership

South32 extends backing for exploration partnership

AusQuest and South32 are extending an alliance to continue developing high-potential exploration opportunities, including the Hamilton project in North West Queensland. The companies initially entered their Strategic Alliance Agreement (SAA) in February 2017 and AusQuest announced today that it was set to be extended to December 2021. Chief targets are copper, zinc and nickel projects… ...

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