Special thanks goes to Petrina Beeton who organised the venue, catering and parking.
With the success of this function it is anticipated further workshops on automated mineralogy will be held on an annual basis.
Around 35 people from various research institutions, service providers and the mining industry attended the workshop from across Australia.
The day started with a tour of the John de Laeter Centre (Jd LC) facilities incorporating the Tescan integrated mineral analyser (TIMA; ), which was the key instrument of relevance to the workshop.
The MMF is involved in the creation of the Digital Mineralogy Hub facility which is using cutting-edge scanning electron microscope technology to construct a mineralogical and geodata library for the Australian continent. We are currently involved in an exciting new project with CSIRO and UWA called the Advanced Resource Characterisation Facility which will bring new atom probe and ion beam technology to Western Australia.
The first major facility being developed under the auspices of the National Resource Sciences Precinct (NRSP) was announced by the Australian Government, in August.
• Marek Dosbaba (Tescan Orsay Holding), who reviewed the workflow of the TIMA software. See poster for more about Digital Mineralogy Library. This equates to almost 65% of Australia’s national output, with minerals being Australia’s major export earner. * The Digital Mineralogy Library project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and Au Scope through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program. The collapse of iron ore prices to below /tonne, down from a peak of 0/tonne four years ago, has hit WA hard and the state is now urgently seeking ways to stimulate its mineral sector and diversify its resource base away from iron ore. Welcome to the first edition of Wavelength – A quarterly newsletter dedicated to highlighting the latest news and research produced from Curtin’s X-ray characterisation facilities, namely the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) facilities. As a special first edition feature, we have included an entire page that highlights the basic instrument capabilities of each facility. Professor Reddy used a technique called electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) to effectively discriminate between reidite and its compositionally identical host zircon. Dr Lesley Wyborn (NCI) was "pleased to see the Jd LC and the community making progress in achieving what [she] has been trying to achieve for the last 30 years in Australian Geochemistry Laboratories ". Analytical pyrolysis for determining the molecular composition of contemporary monosulfidic black ooze. The discovery paves the way for developing reidite as a proxy for meteorite impact events that can be extended back in geological time to provide insights into Earth’s early impact record. Tulipani, S., Grice, K., Greenwood, P., Schwark, L., Haines, P. Jd LC is looking forward to expanding its data delivery services to include geochemistry data from its Sensitive High Resolution Ion Micro Probe (SHIMP) and laser ablation instruments in the future. As the downturn in mineral prices continues to drag on Australia’s economy, a project led by Perth’s Curtin University is seeking to create an open access digital mineral inventory of WA that it hopes could stimulate interest in further exploration in the state. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 102, 1-170 Sr-Nd-Pb, and Zircon Hf-O isotopic compositions of eocene-oligocene shoshonitic and potassic adakite-like felsic intrusions in western Yunnan, SW China: Petrogenesis and tectonic implications Petrogenesis of the Early Eocene adakitic rocks in the Napuri area, southern Lhasa: Partial melting of thickened lower crust during slab break-off and implications for crustal thickening in southern Tibet Early Late Cretaceous (ca. DOWNLOAD THE NEWSLETTER Curtin University researchers have for the first time been able to visualise where helium atoms are trapped within individual mineral grains, providing information that can help to determine the geological history of the Earth’s crust and assist in monitoring natural hazards like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. November to demonstrate the application and benefits of automated mineralogy to the minerals industry and academic research. A team of Curtin University geoscientists has discovered the earliest known occurrence of reidite, one of Earth’s rarest minerals. At 1.2 billion years, the finding is more than double the age of the previous oldest known occurrence at 450 million years. Distributions and compound-specific isotopic signatures of sedimentary chlorins reflect the composition of photoautotrophic communities and their carbon and nitrogen sources in Swiss lakes and the Black Sea Nasdala, L., Corfu, F., Valley, J. J., Wu, F.-Y., Li, Q.-L., Yang, Y.-H., Fisher, C., Münker, C., Kennedy, A. W., Kronz, A., Wiedenbeck, M., Wirth, R., Chanmuang, C., Zeug, M., Váczi, T., Norberg, N., Häger, T., Kröner, A., Hofmeister, W.