Mount Isa Mines geologists have heard about some the latest trends in structural geology from an overseas expert.
Earlier this year, Professor Tom Blenkinsop from Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and PhD student Ben Williams travelled to Mount Isa as part of a ten-day consultancy package.
As well as undertaking some field work activity, Prof Blenkinsop and Mr Williams also delivered a professional development workshop to 14 mining geologists about possible controls on the ore bodies at Mount Isa Mines.
In a case study for Cardiff University Prof Blenkinsop noted Mount Isa was the home of Australia's second largest producing copper mine as well as one of the largest silver-lead-zinc deposits in the world while Mount Isa Mines was one of the largest mining operations in Australia and a mainstay of the economy of the state of Queensland.
The visitors delivered a half-day training workshop titled 'Describing and Classifying Deformed Rocks', which explored possible controls on the ore bodies at Mount Isa Mines.
Mr Williams also outlined the premise of his PhD thesis, titled 'Foliation Boudinage', aimed at understanding the formation of the copper ore bodies.
The final part of the workshop consisted of a clinic for the Mount Isa Mines geologists to discuss problems that they face in their daily task of mapping underground and delineating new resources.
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