Ore Deposits of the South African Craton - CANCELED

This event has been canceled.

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Sponsored by the SEG Foundation (SEGF), this nine-day trip will include visits to the Kusasalethu (Elandsrand) gold mine, Vametco vanadium, platinum on the Bushveld Western Limb, the new Platreef mine being developed on the Northern Limb, and surface geology exposures of the classical sequences of the Witwatersrand and Bushveld Basins. A visit to diamond mine will also be included. The geology and mineralization of these deposits will be studied, and for orebodies in the same district we will focus upon their similarities and differences, particularly with respect to mining methods, grade control, ground control (geotechnical studies) and metallurgical processes. Ore reserves, deposit models, and exploration methods will also be emphasized. Evening presentations will delve into the characteristics of the various deposit types and discuss their origins and genetic models.

Active SEG Student Members who have not previously participated in an SEG Foundation Student Field Trip (SFT), and who are enrolled at an accredited university are eligible to apply.


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Judith Kinnaird
University of Witwatersrand
Former SEG president

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Glen Nwaila
University of Witwatersrand

Call for Mentors

This trip seeks up to four professional senior geologists to participate as mentors. Mentors are expected to share their academic and professional curriculums and their industry experiences and perspectives with students and to discuss career tracks and opportunities in the field of economic geology. Mentors pay a donation of US$1,750 to support the program, which covers eight days of field accommodations and in-country travel during the trip, breakfasts and lunches, and the closing dinner. Travel to and from the field trip is the responsibility of the mentor.

Interested professionals should email their current résumé and a letter of introduction to Borden R. Putnam, SEGF Student Field Trip Program Chair, at bputnam@mionecapital.com.


Questions and general inquiries should be directed to Vicky Sternicki, SEG Student Services, at students@segweb.org.


Application Submission Deadline: April 15, 2020
Selected Participant Notification: April 24, 2020

Itinerary (Preliminary)

8/16/2020 - 8/25/2020

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