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Ore deposits: origin, exploration and exploitation (co-organized)
Convener: Laurence Robb 
 / Tue, 14 Apr, 08:30–12:00

This session will deal with theories of origin of all types of ore deposits as well as techniques used to find and extract them. The emphasis will be on deposits in Europe but contributions on deposits in other regions will be most welcome. Issues related to the environmental impact of mining and the "social licence to mine" could also be discussed.

Of particular interest is the relationship between mineral deposits and the supercontinent cycles. It is well known that some mineralization events were related to assembly and break-up of supercontinents, and deposits in certain regions may be comparable to those in previously adjacent blocks. In addition, this session will also focus on a number of key, topical issues including: (i) granite-related metallogeny (ii) critical metals and the resource cycle; and (iii) the origin and nature of ore-forming fluids.

This session will also focus on novel non-invasive exploration strategies. Remote sensing data collected by various aircrafts and satellites can allow exploration surveyors to pinpoint a resource at a low cost and without impact on the environment. This session covers a range of applications of remote sensing data for exploration geology, as well as recent advances in image processing techniques aimed at earth resources exploration.

First keynote – Michel Cuney: “Relations between ore deposits and granites resulting from low degree of melting of the continental crust”

Second keynote - Gus Gunn: "Critical thinking: assessing the risks to the future security of supply of critical metals"

This proposal has the support of the SGA - Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits