Oral History Videos

Overview

Established by Jeff Hedenquist and James Macdonald, this series aims to record life experiences of key figures in the field of economic geology. Guidelines for preparing an Oral History Video interview.

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Dick Sillitoe VideoDick Sillitoe

Working with the MMAJ

Dick Sillitoe discusses working with the MMAJ.

Archived Videos

Paul Barton and Phil Bethke VideoPaul Barton and Phil Bethke

Science

Phil Bethke and Paul Barton, Emeritus Scientists, US Geological Survey (USGS), discuss the scientific method and ore deposit study.

Paul Barton and Phil Bethke VideoPaul Barton and Phil Bethke

US Geological Survey, Reston

Paul Barton and Phil Bethke, both Emeritus Scientists, US Geological Survey (USGS), discuss the inception and evolution of experimental geochemistry studies in the USGS.

Don Alberto VideoAlberto Benavides de la Quintana

Don Alberto, founder and Chairman of the Board, Cia de Minas Buenaventura, discusses his views on geology, mineral exploration, economic evalutions of prospects, and some of his philosophies. (en Español, with English captions).

Mike Etheridge VideoMike Etheridge

The Quantification of Risk in Exploration, Part I

Mike Etheridge discusses the quantification of risk in exploration. Part I: The Research Commences in 1990

 

Mike Etheridge VideoMike Etheridge

The Quantification of Risk in Exploration, Part II

Mike Etheridge discusses the quantification of risk in exploration. Part II: The Probability of Success.

 

Mike Etheridge VideoMike Etheridge

The Quantification of Risk in Exploration, Part III

Mike Etheridge discusses the quantification of risk in exploration. Part III: Psychometric Testing - Decision Making and Uncertainty

 

Mike Etheridge VideoMike Etheridge

The Quantification of Risk in Exploration, Part IV

Mike Etheridge discusses the quantification of risk in exploration. Part IV: Decision Making Behavior and Uncertainty

 

Joanne Freeze VideoJoanne (Joey) Freeze

President and CEO, Candente Copper Corp.

Joanne (Joey) Freeze, President and CEO of Candente Copper Corp., discusses a bit of her career pathway, and offers some observations for people interested in entering the world of minerals exploration.

John Gurney VideoJohn Gurney

Diamonds Research - The Beginning

John Gurney describes his early research into garnet and kimberlite at The Smithsonian Institution.

John Gurney VideoJohn Gurney

John Gurney Commences Work With Falconbridge

John Gurney describes commencing exploration work with Falconbridge in Botswana, applying his geochemical techniques for assessing the diamond potential of kimberlite pipes.

John Gurney VideoJohn Gurney

John Gurney Commences Work Hugo Dummett (Superior Oil)

John Gurney's work commences with Hugo Dummett and Chuck Fipke.

John Gurney VideoJohn Gurney

Ekati Discovery and BHP

John Gurney discusses the exploration program that led to the discovery of the Ekati Diamond Mine in Northern Canada and working with BHP.

John Gurney VideoJohn Gurney

Discovery of the Rosh Pinah and Black Mountain Mines

John Gurney describes the discovery of the Rosh Pinah and Aggenys (Black Mountain) Mines in Namibia and South Africa, respectively.

John Hunt VideoJohn Hunt

John Hunt on Vincent Perry and the Discovery of El Salvador

John Hunt, previously with Anaconda at the El Salvador porphyry copper deposit, Chile, discusses the discovery of the deposit, and the involvement of Vincent Perry and other Anaconda geologists.

John Hunt VideoJohn Hunt

Memories of Chuck Meyer (UC Berkeley) and Reno Sales (Anaconda)

John Hunt, Anaconda geologist prior to becoming independent, discusses his graduate school professor, Chuck Meyer, and Reno Sales, chief geologist of Anaconda, who was instrumental in establishing the Butte laboratory and also the Anaconda mapping method.

John Hunt VideoJohn Hunt

John Hunt's Introduction to John Proffett

John Hunt talks about his first experience in the field with John Proffett, who first recognized the evidence for listric faulting in Nevada, related to the Basin and Range extension.

John Hunt and Lewis Gustafson VideoJohn Hunt and Lewis Gustafson

The Practical Applications of Their Work at the El Salvador Deposit

John Hunt and Lew Gustafson discuss the practical application of their work at the El Salvador porphyry Cu deposit.

John Hunt and Lewis Gustafson VideoJohn Hunt and Lewis Gustafson

Their Work at the El Salvador Porphyry Copper Deposits in the 1960s

John Hunt and Lew Gustafson discuss their work on the El Salvador porphyry copper deposit, both production and research, that led to the well-known paper in Economic Geology in 1975. This landmark study on the zonation of alteration and sulfide minerals around multiple intrusions also led to the recognition of the systematic evolution of veins associated with porphyry deposits, and their significance.

Richard Hutchinson VideoRichard Hutchinson

A Personal Traverse

Richard Hutchinson discusses a wide variety of topics, beginning with his work on VMS deposits and covering a diverse range of exploration activities over a lifetime spent traveling the world for industry and academia. He concludes with a tribute to his students, many of whom have also become stellar additions to the economic geology community.

Shunso Ishihara VideoShunso Ishihara

Mr. Granite: Early Interest in Geology and Education

Professor Shunso Ishihara, Emeritus Scientist at the Geological Survey of Japan, discusses his early interest and education in geology, including playing baseball on weathered granite, uranium exploration in the late 1950s, and his post-graduate studies in the US and Europe in the early 1960s.

Shunso Ishihara VideoShunso Ishihara

Discovery of the Ilmenite-Magnetite Series of Granites and Relation to Styles of Ore Deposits

Professor Shunso Ishihara, Emeritus Scientist at the Geological Survey of Japan, discusses his discovery in the 1960s of the ilmentite and magnetite styles of granites, and their relationship to different types of metal deposits.

John Proffett and Marco Einaudi VideoJohn Proffett and Marco Einaudi

Sulfides in Porphyry Systems and Their Remobilization

John Proffett, consultant, talks with Marco Einaudi, Emeritus Professor of Stanford University, about observations that provide evidence for remobilization of sulfide minerals in porphyry copper deposits.

John Proffett and Marco Einaudi VideoJohn Proffett and Marco Einaudi

Discovery of the Carr Fork Skarn, Bingham Canyon District

Marco Einaudi, Emeritus Professor of Stanford University, talks with John Proffett, both with the Anaconda Mining Company at the time, about the mapping that led to the 1970s discovery of the Carr Fork skarn deposit, Bingham Canyon district, Utah.

John Proffett and Marco Einaudi VideoJohn Proffett and Marco Einaudi

Geologic Mapping, Exploration, and Discovery

John Proffett, consultant, talks with Marco Einaudi, Emeritus Professor of Stanford University, about mapping during exploration, questions that come up, and the discovery results.

Sig Muessig VideoSig Muessig

Exploration Canons: Advice From a Long Career in Mineral Discovery

Sig Muessig, retired exploration manager for Getty Minerals, discusses the guidelines that he used in his long and successful career in mineral exploration, including his role in the discovery of Escondida. These exploration canons are the topic of a Views article in the April, 2014, issue of the SEG Newsletter.

Misac Nabighian VideoMisac Nabighian

Use the Right Tool in Geophysical Surveying

Misac Nabighian, distinguished senior scientist in the Department of Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines (CSM), and previously of Newmont Exploration (1967-1998), argues for using the right tool during geophysical exploration for mineral deposits.

Misac Nabighian VideoMisac Nabighian

Reflections on Education

Misac Nabighian, distinguished senior scientist in the Department of Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines (CSM), and previously of Newmont Exploration (1967-1998), discusses his early training, and comments on recent trends in education.

Misac Nabighian VideoMisac Nabighian

Time-Domain Geophysical Technique

Misac Nabighian, distinguished senior scientist in the Department of Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines (CSM), and previously of Newmont Exploration (1967-1998), discusses the advent of the time-domain geophysical technique, and its use in mineral exploration.

Misac Nabighian VideoMisac Nabighian

A Geophysicsts Talks About Interactions With Geologists

Misac Nabighian, geophysicist; distinguished senior scientist, Colorado School of Mines (CSM), and previously of Newmont Exploration (1967-1998), speaks of the relationship between geophysicists and geologists.

Misac Nabighian VideoMisac Nabighian

Reminiscences of a Geophysicist

Misac Nabighian, distinguished senior scientist in the Department of Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines (CSM), and previously of Newmont Exploration (1967-1998), discusses the many fortunate episodes of his career in geophysics, from Romania to Columbia University, then to Newmont and CSM.

Tony Naldrett VideoTony Naldrett

Advice for Young Geoscientists

Tony Naldrett, Emeritus Professor of the University of Toronto, offers his advice to young geologists and other scientists.

Tony Naldrett VideoTony Naldrett

Ph.D. Research, Ultramafic Lavas, and Nickel Deposits

Tony Naldrett describes early work in the Abitibi Belt (Ontario) investigating ultramafic lavas and comments on work undertaken around the same time in South Africa and Western Australia.

Tony Naldrett VideoTony Naldrett

Post-Doc Work and the Zenith of the USGS

Tony Naldrett discusses post-doc work in Washington, colleagues, and the USGS' zenith.

Richard Sillitoe VideoRichard Sillitoe

Global Consulting and the Rigours of Travel

Richard Sillitoe discusses global consulting and the rigours of travel.

Richard Sillitoe VideoRichard Sillitoe

Chalcocite and Deep Mining

A dinner with Richard Sillitoe in Reno, Nevada (May 2010), discussing the distinction between supergene and hypogene chalcocite, and the future of deep mining. Also joining the discussion are Larry Meinert, Don Birak, and Jeff Hedenquist.

Richard Sillitoe VideoRichard Sillitoe

School and University

Richard Sillitoe discusses high school, university, and how he ended up taking geology.

Richard Sillitoe VideoRichard Sillitoe

Commencing Andean Research

Richard Sillitoe describes how he commenced research in the Andes of Chile.

Richard Sillitoe VideoRichard Sillitoe

Beginning Porphyry Copper Research in Chile

Richard Sillitoe discusses porphyry copper research with SERNAGEOMIN in Chile.

Richard Sillitoe and Pancho Camus VideoRichard Sillitoe and Pancho Camus

Early Porphyry Exploration in Chile, 1960s to Recent

Richard Sillitoe and Francisco (Pancho) Camus spend an evening at the Brujas de Cachiche, Lima, in May 2009, discussing the development of understanding of porphyry Cu deposits, from the late 1960s.

Richard Sillitoe VideoRichard Sillitoe

Post-Doc, Plate Tectonics, and Consulting

Richard Sillitoe starts a Shell Post Doctorate, begins thinking about the relationships between mineralization and plate tectonics, and commences his consulting career.

Richard Sillitoe VideoRichard Sillitoe

Plate Tectonics and Cu in Chile

Richard Sillitoe discusses plate tectonics and Cu in Chile.

Richard Sillitoe VideoRichard Sillitoe

Consulting Career and Fieldwork with Don Andronico Luksic

Richard Sillitoe discusses his consulting career and fieldwork with Don Andronico Luksic.

Richard Sillitoe VideoRichard Sillitoe

Working with the United Nations

Richard Sillitoe discusses working with the United Nations.

Brian Skinner and Larry Meinert VideoBrian Skinner and Larry Meinert

How to Write (a Good Paper)

Brian Skinner (editor of Economic Geology, 1969-1996), and Larry Meinert (editor, 2009-present) discuss the art of scientific writing, and incorporating constructive criticism.

Rick Menell VideoRick Menell

Rick Menell on South Africa's Future

Rick Menell looks into the future for South Africa.

Rick Menell VideoRick Menell

Delta Gold, the Granny Smith Project, and Return to South Africa

Rick Menell discusses the Granny Smith Project and returning to South Africa.

Rick Menell VideoRick Menell

A Spell as a Wall Street Banker then Joining Delta Gold

Rick Menell on being a Wall Street banker and joining Delta Gold in Sydney.

Rick Menell VideoRick Menell

Working for Anglovaal - Discovery of the Venetia Diamond Mine

Rick Menell on the discovery of the Venetia Mine.

Rick Menell VideoRick Menell

Rick Menell on the Birth of the Anglo Vaal Company

Rick Menell on the Birth of the Anglo Vaal Company.

Rick Menell VideoRick Menell

Rick Menell on the Development of the Anglo Vaal Group

Rick Menell on the Development of the Anglo Vaal Group.

Rick Menell VideoRick Menell

Rick Menell on How He Became a Geologist

Rick Menell on how he stumbled into economic geology.

Rick Menell VideoRick Menell

Advice for Young Geoscientists

Rick Menell's advice for young geoscientists.

Richard Stanton VideoRichard Stanton

The Island Arc Ore Formation Hypothesis

Richard Stanton (Canberra, June 3, 2010) describes the germination of the hypothesis for the origin of Island Arc-related, volcano-sedimentary-hosted base metal mineralisation in New South Wales, Australia.

Richard Stanton VideoRichard Stanton

Solomon Islands Fieldwork (1949-1950)

Richard Stanton describes work in the Solomon Islands where he first realised he was looking at modern analogues of rocks he had worked on previously in NSW.

Richard Stanton VideoRichard Stanton

Major Challenges Remaining in VMS Research

Richard Stanton discusses the next "Big Thing" in VMS research.

Richard Stanton VideoRichard Stanton

Advice for Students

Richard Stanton passes on some advice for young geoscientists.

Morris Viljoen VideoMorris Viljoen

Recognition of Ultramafic Lavas (Komatiite), 1965-1969

Morris Viljoen describes the work he and his brother, Richard, undertook in the Barberton Mountain Land of South Africa that led to the first recognition of ultramafic lavas, an important host rock for nickel mineralization.

Morris Viljoen VideoMorris Viljoen

Witwatersrand Metallogenesis

In the 1970s, Morris Viljoen and his brother Richard were employed by JCI in Johannesburg. The Witwatersrand gold deposit was one of the projects they worked on while at JCI. Here Morris discusses the controversies around the origin of the mineralization: placer versus hydrothermal replacement.

Morris Viljoen VideoMorris Viljoen

Advice for Students

Morris Viljoen provides some advice for young geoscientists who are entering the profession.