SA Mines and Energy Journal : June 2009
JUNE/JULY 2009 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 31 FEATURE International agreements Joint ventures | Exploration agreements | Mining negotiations Hunt & Hunt has been negotiating international agreements for mining and resource companies for over twenty years. To talk to us about your next international agreement, please contact: Egils Olekalns T 08 8414 3342 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.hunthunt.com.au However, some years ago, as a result of the decline in the number of companies and professionals within the mining industry -- and exploration, in particular -- it became un- economic for the foundation to continue operating. In December 2001, the AMF ceased operations, although some of its key functions continue under other guises. Later, when the lease on the Glenside premises expired, there was nowhere for the collection to go. So it was packed away in containers, awaiting a new home. And there it still waits. The online collection is still available, but Professor Laznicka believes there is no substitute for the real thing. "There is plentiful literature on ore deposits around. Even if you had the time and patience to read much of this stuff, would you be able to tell, on the basis of reading or conferencing only, whether what you see in the drill core had the right signatures of the Broken Hill or IOCG types? I doubt it. "I have done a lot of reading before visiting each of the 4000 ore deposits I have been to so far, but the real thing always differed from the mental picture created from words and some still pictures. A mineral explorer should see and touch what one is to look for... those who have seen the most rocks tend to be the best geologists and/or mine finders. " Professor Laznicka argues that access to geological samples is second only to field visits for the quality of geological information that can be gained. He has made it his quest to restore the collection to the prominence it deserves. "Forget about the perfect crystal of pyrrhotite or ampangabeite in museum displays, " he said. "That's not what is likely to bring you another Olympic Dam. "It is the everyday, somewhat boring and repetitive 'grey' material one can inspect in a core library. " Data Metallgenica can be viewed online at www. datametallogenica.com. If you have any thoughts about this or another story, tell us! Email email@example.com History of the AMF The Australian Mineral Foundation (AMF) was established in 1972 by the minerals and petroleum industries as a not-for-profit organisation to manage, co-ordinate and provide members with high-quality technical information and professional development. The membership of AMF included the majority of exploration, mining and petroleum companies in Australia, as well as a number of the major mining houses operating around the globe, plus all Australian commonwealth and state geological surveys and most universities. The AMF served the resource sector in Australia and internationally, both physically and online, through: d The Data Metallogenica world ore deposit sample collection. d A specialist library and document/data delivery service. d Managing AESIS -- the national geoscience database. d Australia's largest resource industry technical bookshop. d Quality professional development courses and conferences. d International study tours to the world's classic ore deposits.
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