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March 12, 2013
On Tuesday March 26, 2013 the TGDG will host a selection of speakers for a mini-symposium at Hart House on ‘Laterites or Laterwrongs: Making the Pieces Fit’. Speakers include Ravi Anand (CSIRO), Peter Winterbourne (Vale), and Ron Schonewille (Xstrata)...
March 11, 2013
Hailing from industry, government and academia, high profile Australian and internationally-based researchers will join the CET fortnightly to share their experience on a wide variety of geoscience topics.These seminars are FREE and all interested Geologists are welcome to attend...
February 25, 2013Is regulation robbing exploration properties of their worth?
You can’t get chickens if you don’t allow the eggs to develop. Joe Hinzer, president of geological consulting firm Watts, Griffiths and McOuat (WGM), uses this analogy to illustrate how many early-stage exploration projects are being stifled by current mineral valuation regulations before they have a shot at becoming mines...
February 04, 2013
It has been a busy 24 hours as the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) kicked off its Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013...
January 29, 2013Where do I meet the geologists of Africa?
Africa is more than 20 per cent of the world’s land area, is home to 15 per cent of human population but still earns its label as the Dark Continent through generating only 2 per cent of the world’s electricity. Where can you find the geologists exploring this sleeping giant with its inevitable future in the resources sector?
January 28, 2013
As exploration programs focus on remote and concealed targets, the ability to recognize large ore-forming systems – from the most distal margins to high-grade cores – becomes increasingly important. Efforts are therefore under way to generate sophisticated “footprint” or “signature” models of high-value deposits.
December 2, 2012
The December 4th Greenland Day, taking place in Perth, will feature industry and geoscience experts from across the globe, discussing Greenland’s burgeoning exploration opportunities and recent research advances...
November 1, 2012
Some of the sector's leading minds will be looking into their crystal balls on November 8th, trying to summon a picture of what the future might hold for exploration and mining in Canada...
September 11, 2012
Brazilian state-run energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras, said Tuesday that it had started oil production at the Baleia Azul presalt field in the offshore Campos Basin...
September 11, 2012
Barrick Gold CEO Jamie Sokalsky speaks with Carl Quintanilla on CNBC about Barrick's strategy to drive shareholder value...
September 10, 2012
The tie between energy supply, population, and the economy goes back to the hunter-gatherer period...
July 12, 2012
A massive two thirds of Western Australia remains unexplored for minerals and geologists say the territory presents huge potential...
July 12, 2012
Shale and other unconventional resources are being called the biggest game changer in a generation - and as land and other costs escalate, the industry continues to apply lessons gleaned from the early successes...
July 11, 2012
In this exclusive interview with Professor David Thiel, Director at the Centre for Wireless Monitoring and Applications at Griffith University, he discusses how electromagnetic geophysics can help those who are conducting a feasibility study and opens up on the real cost benefits of this technology...
July 11, 2012
Improved security has started to open up new areas for mineral exploration in Latin America....
by Virginia Heffernan on November 1, 2012profiles
Although there is more overlap between the theoretical and applied aspects of economic geology than is true for most disciplines, geology professors are not usually recognized for their mineral discoveries.
One exception is Dr. Hamid Mumin, professor of geology at Brandon University in Manitoba. He was an active participant when Fortune Minerals found and delineated the Nico Fe-Oxide polymetallic deposit in the Northwest Territories (NWT) and has a list of other credits to his name: the Bogosu Gold Mine of the Ashanti Gold Belt, a carbonitite complex enriched in rare earth elements at Eden Lake, Manitoba; the magmatic South Bay nickel-copper showing near Leaf Rapids, Manitoba; and VMS deposits in Northwestern Ontario.
That kind of dedication to practical fieldwork supports Mumin’s overriding philosophy that his job is incomplete unless it benefits the “average person in the street”.
“Tremendous academic contributions have come out of industry sponsored work and for the most part, the collaborations have been excellent,” says Mumin, who does not believe the two worlds need conflict provided he remains an arms length consultant. “I have one basic rule: I will support you if you support my students.”
Fortune Minerals, for example, funded Mumin’s students in their research and provided summer employment. In return, Mumin helped guide Fortune’s efforts to find Iron Oxide Copper Gold (IOCG) deposits in NWT’s Great Bear Magmatic Zone.
Mumin’s experiences in Ghana early in his career helped shape his current approach. His exploration and feasibility work on the Bogosu deposit within the Ashanti gold belt, which later became a 100,000 oz.-plus producer, had a powerful and immediate impact on the local community.
“In Africa, especially, a little goes a long way to transform society. The social, economic and health benefits are enormous,” says Mumin, who was chief geologist and site manager at Bogosu in the late 1980s.
The Bogosu experience paralleled his industry collaborations in that it was equally - if not more - beneficial for Mumin. “I learned a lot more from my Ghanaian colleagues than they learned from me.”
To illustrate his point he tells the story of one Ghanaian geologist who, faced with a broken blueprint machine, decided to make his own. Mumin could hardly believe his eyes when the geologist produced a perfectly legible blueprint from a contraption jerry-rigged from a few pieces of plywood, some plexiglas, and a bottle of ammonia.
“Look what African ingenuity could do. They reduced a $20,000 piece of technological equipment to $5 of leftover scraps. It was wonderful to see the simplistic reality of it.”
Mumin’s work at Bogosu led to a PhD at the University of Western Ontario focused on the gold deposits of Ghana’s Ashanti belt. This was preceded by an M.A.Sc. in Economic Geology and a GeoEngineering degree, both from the University of Toronto (U of T).
Mumin developed an interest in geology as a boy spending summer vacations with his grandfather, a miner in Kirkland Lake. When the opportunity arose to complete Grade 13 in the northern Ontario town, including taking the only geology course offered in the province at that time, he pounced. The early education provided a natural transition to mine employment and his acceptance into geoengineering at U of T.
Mumin thinks Canada has the potential to host IOCG deposits that will surpass the NICO and Sue-Dianne deposits currently being developed in the NWT. He points to recent discoveries in the Central Mineral Belt of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Quetico belt west of Thunder Bay, Ontario, the reinterpretation of mineralization in several mining camps, and a rising tide of IOCG exploration and discovery across Canada. He and his colleagues are still actively searching for IOCG mineralization in the Great Bear Magmatic Zone, NWT and in the Trans Hudson Orogen.
His advice for the aspiring geologists who might be on the hunt for these Olympic Dam replicas? “Every geologist will face temptation. There is a devil behind every other outcrop. Guard your integrity and professionalism and you will have a successful career.”