Views is a regular, invited column that appears in the SEG Newsletter, a quarterly publication that is a benefit of Society membership. This series, initiated by John Thompson and Jeffrey Hedenquist, examines a variety of issues via opinion pieces on subjects that we, as economic geologists, feel are relevant. Topics include exploration, resources, research, and professional development.
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Sustainable Exploration — A Major’s Perspective
Written by Graham Brown | Printed in the October 2012, No. 91 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Graham is Group Head of Geosciences for Anglo American.
Some Elements of Exploration Success or How to Shave the Odds
Written by Siegfried Muessig | Printed in the October 2011, No. 87 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Siegfried joined the U.S. Geological Survey in 1951, and published the seminal bulletin on the Republic gold district, as well as papers on borate mineralogy and geology. He organized and managed the U.S. Borax exploration department from 1959. In 1966 he joined Getty Oil, where he organized, staffed, and managed the new minerals division until it was sold and disbanded in 1984 by Texaco. He actively participated in or discovered the Escondida and Zaldivar Cu deposits, Chile (50%); Jabiluka U deposit, Australia (35%); Mercur Au deposit, Utah (100%); and Casa Grande Cu deposit, Arizona (50%). He also revitalized the Petrotomics U mine, Wyoming (100%) and tripled production; initiated Tidal Diamonds marine mine, Namibia (33%); and discovered other substantial uranium, and Cu, Zn, and Pb deposits (100%). Siegfried organized and operated Crystal Exploration diamond program in a J.V. with Ashton Mining and Dow Chemical, and consulted internationally until 2007.
Innovation in Mineral Exploration: Successes and Challenges
Written by Michel Jébrak | Printed in the July 2011, No. 86 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Michel is a professor in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His focus is on mineral resource exploration.
Exploration—It's All About Turning Rocks into Money
Written by Brent Cook | Printed in the Aprill 2011, No. 85 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Brent is a geologist (BSc Geology, Utah State University 1978) who has been involved in the minerals exploration and mining business for 32 years.
Exploration Approaches: Comparison of the Former Soviet Union with the Rest of the World
Written by Alexander Yakubchuk | Printed in the April 2011, No. 85 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Alexander is COO and Director of Exploration for Orsu Metals Corporation, based in London.
Self-Organized Critical Systems and Ore Formation: The Key to Spatial Targeting?
Written by Jon M.A. Hronsky | Printed in the January 2011, No. 84 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Jon is currently a principal of Western Mining Services (WMS), a consultancy group that specializes in the strategic management of mineral exploration and the exploration targeting process.
They Who See the Most Rocks Win
Written by Murray W. Hitzman | Printed in the January 2011, No. 84 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Murray has been the Charles Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology at the Colorado School of Mines since 1996. He served as President of the Society of Economic Geologists in 2005.
A Path Forward
Written by Lawrence M. Cathles | Printed in the October 2010, No. 83 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Lawrence has been at Cornell University since 1987. During that time, he has been engaged in research on fluid flow in the earth's crust, especially as it relates to hydrocarbon and mineral deposits.
The Practical Limits of Technology: The Imperative for Geoscience Collaboration
Written by Ken Witherly | Printed in the October 2010, No. 83 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Ken has been involved in mineral exploration for over 35 years and has contributed directly to the discovery of a number of economic deposits.
Grassroots Exploration: Between a Major Rock and a Junior Hard Place
Written by Richard H. Sillitoe | Printed in the October 2010, No. 83 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Richard graduated from the University of London, England, where he went on to obtain a Ph.D. degree in 1968.
Is Mineral Depletion a Threat to Sustainable Mining?
Written by John E. Tilton | Printed in the July 2010, No. 82 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
John divides his time between Chile, where he is holds the chair in Mineral Economics in the Engineering School of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and the United States, where he is a research professor at the Colorado School of Mines.
Exploration and Discovery: Paradigm Shift Required
Written by David J. Hall (SEG 1999 F) | Printed in the July 2010, No. 82 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
David obtained his B.A. degree from Trinity College, Dublin, then spent 2 years in Zimbabwe before completing an M.Sc. degree in MinEx at Queen’s University, Ontario.
The World is Changing
Written by Jonathan G. Price (SEG 1985 F) | Printed in the July 2010, No. 82 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Jonathan is the State Geologist and Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno.
Exploration—People and Discovery
Written by John F.H. Thompson (SEG 1983 F) and Douglas J. Kirwin (SEG 1997 F) | Printed in the April 2010, No. 81 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
John obtained his BA from Oxford University and moved to Canada where he completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Toronto. Douglas obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Australia and has been involved in mineral exploration for 38 years.
The Declining Discovery Trend: People, Science or Scarcity?
Written by Ross Beaty (SEG 2010) | Printed in the April 2010, No. 81 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Ross has more than 37 years of experience as a geologist in the international minerals industry.
Mineral Resource Discovery—Science, Art & Business
Written by Dan Wood (SEG 2009) | Printed in the January 2010, No. 80 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Dan's career includes 24 years with BHP and 18 years with Newcrest Mining.