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Textures and chemistry of pyrite in the Padthaway Ridge region, Delamerian Orogen

A geological project assessing zinc-copper mineralisation potential in volcanic rocks of the Padthaway Ridge using pyrite trace elements.

Define geochemical halos and vectors to VHMS mineralisation

Padthaway Ridge

Location of the Padthaway Ridge. View larger image.

Pyrite is widely distributed in meta-volcanic and/or meta-sedimentary sequences of the Padthaway Range.

However, the relationship between abundant pyrite occurrences and potential mineralisation remains unknown.

This project will conduct detailed outcrop mapping and drillhole logging of the basement sequences in the Padthaway region of the Delamerian Orogen.

Pyrite textures and compositions (e.g., trace elements and sulphur isotopes) from this region will be thoroughly examined through cutting-edge analytical facilities.

Padthaway Pyrite

Pyrite mapping, from Large et al. (2009). View larger image.

In combination of ongoing geophysical and structural analyses, the successful student will be expected to define mineralising fluid pathways and pyritic alteration halos, and further to assess mineralisation potential for volcanic-hosted massive sulphide mineralisation in the Padthaway region.

This project is a part of the MinEx CRC, the world's largest mineral exploration collaboration bringing together industry, government and research organisations. You will also be part of the Tectonics and Earth Systems (TES) Research Group.

Wei Hong


Dr Wei Hong, Professor Alan Collins and Adrian Fabris

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

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Geology

Tagged in Honours projects - Geology, Honours projects - Wei Hong, Honours Projects - Alan Collins

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