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Dating ore-remobilising fluids in the Olympic Cu-Au province

Use novel tools to shed more light on the most prolific mineral province of South Australia.

sketch Map of Olympic Domain

Figure: (left) Sketch map of the Olympic Domain with indication of IOCG deposits and prospects; (right) Example of mineral map from a drill core sample with abundant chalcopyrite (cp) and apatite (ap) – calcite (cc) veins. Dating the apatite /calcite (+ iron-oxides, not in the picture) provides constraints on the timing of fluid remobilisation. View larger image.

The Olympic Cu-Au Province is one of the most economically profitable regions of Australia, hosting world-class IOCG deposits. Although the Olympic Province has extensively been studied, there is growing evidence that important but largely undiscovered fluid remobilization events affected the area, which has implications for the discovery potential of ore deposits.

This project aims to apply petrochronology and thermochronology to in-situ date and geochemically characterise fluid remobilisation using several novel techniques that were recently developed / implemented by our research groups (e.g. dating phosphates, carbonates and iron oxides). Samples will be sourced from drill core near IOCG deposits via industry partners.

The results from this project will inform on mineral deposit prospectivity and assist with narrowing down exploration space in relation to targeting for drilling.

Stijn Glorie


Dr Stijn Glorie, Professor Martin Hand and Associate Professor Carl Spandler

Research area: Mineral and energy systems, Tectonics and solid earth processes

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Geology

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Competition: Young Scientist of the Year

How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.

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