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Ireland Zinc-Lead Province: Exploration and Mining in a Developed Environment
The 9-day field trip will convene in Belfast City Airport before moving north for overnight stay in Portrush, including a health-safety and logistics briefing and presentation of Ireland’s gold metallogeny. Day 2 will be a relaxed tour of the Giant's Causeway UNESCO site followed by a visit to the world-famous Bushmills Whiskey Distillery.
Day 3 will see a return to technical matters with a visit to the surface and underground facilities at the 6 Moz Curraghinalt gold project. Precious metals will remain the focus of Day 4 with a morning visit to Ireland's only operating gold mine at Cavanacaw, before traveling south to Dublin. Day 5 will begin with a set of presentations from early-career professionals at iCRAG, the SFI Research Centre in Applied Geosciences on the current and on-going research being conducted into the Irish Zinc-Lead Province. There will also be an opportunity to see the 8th century Book of Kells before traveling to the World Heritage Site of the Newgrange Neolithic monument – older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza.
The following days will focus on issues associated with exploration and mining of Zn-Pb in a developed environment. Other visits include New Boliden's Tara mining operation – Europe's largest zinc mine, on Day 6, where the focus will be on the discovery of Tara Deep (28 Mt) - exploration methodology, mineral rights, TSF management, and social-environmental issues associated with operating contiguous to a growing conurbation.
Day 7 will study the successful closure, and socio-economic contribution of both the Lisheen and Galmoy mines will be a focus of attention, as will the re-development plans at Galmoy. Day 8 will begin with a visit to the historic Silvermines area, the type example of Irish-type deposits, and then on to the on-going exploration projects being conducted by Glencore at Pallas Green and Group Eleven at Stonepark. The final day of the trip will include a visit to the unique karstic landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Burren and Cliffs of Moher, before visiting the world-class ALS OMAC Laboratory. The trip will then conclude in Galway in time for participants to attend the Welcome Reception for the IAEG-50 Conference (IAEG - IAEG 50) which will focus on 50 years of global research on Irish-type Zinc-Lead deposits.
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About the Leaders
Aoife is the Industry and Research Programme Manager at iCRAG – the SFI Research Centre in Applied Geosciences hosted by University College Dublin. She is responsible for managing the Centre's Research Programme and its programme of industry partner engagement. Aoife graduated with a B.Sc. Hons in Earth Science from University of Galway in 2006 after which she completed a Ph.D. in carbonatites, kimberlites, and lamprophyres also in University of Galway. Following this, she worked as an exploration geologist for 4.5 years on the Songwe Hill Carbonatite Project with Rare Earth Element (REE) exploration company, Mkango Resources, in southern Malawi, Africa. She then changed direction and took up the role of Geodata Product Manager at International Geoscience Services (IGS) Ltd., based at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Nottingham, where she helped develop the company's new mineral prospectivity software. Before joining iCRAG, Aoife made the move to the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) where she managed, Tellus, the GSI's ground and airborne data acquisition programme.
John has 30+ years of experience in base metal, aggregates and industrial mineral exploration and resource assessment and preparation of Stock Exchange compliant resource assessments for same, including Pan-European Standard for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Reserves (PERC), Canadian Nation Instrument NI43-101, The South African Code for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (SAMREC) and the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (JORC).
Initially working in carbonate-hosted base metal and precious metal exploration in Ireland, North America, Pakistan, Greenland, Turkey, Poland, and West Africa, since 2000 he has also gained wide experience of exploration, resource assessment and EIA preparation for the mining, aggregate, industrial minerals, and major infrastructure development sectors. John has undertaken numerous geotechnical assessments of quarries and also been involved in a number of large-scale ground investigation programs for major infrastructure projects.
John is a founder member and past-President of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland. He is also a founder member of the European Federation of Geologists, an honorary member of the Irish Association for Economic Geology and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Institute of Quarrying and the Geotechnical Society of Ireland.
IAEG members may qualify for SEG Professional Member rates for this trip - please inquire with IAEG for further details.
Early Deadline: June 30, 2023
Regular Deadline: August 11, 2023
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