Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to geology. That’s why much of the 2016 NExUS course was spent in the field.
Adelaide Hills with Hillgrove Resources
On our first field trip, NExUS went exploring in the Adelaide Hills with the help of Hillgrove Resources, who provided ground access and data resources to one of their exploration tenures.
We carried out detailed mapping and practised acquiring ground based geophysical data (including magnetics, gravity and magnetotellurics) and geochemical data (soil chemistry and regolith sampling).
At night, we processed the data with industry geophysicists.
Prototype coiled tube drill rig at the DET CRC site
We were privileged to gain exclusive access and a tour of the Deep Exploration Technologies Collaborative Research Centre’s (DET CRC) prototype coiled tube drill rig and Lab-at-Rig at their Brukunga facility by David Giles (UniSA).
Yorke Peninsula copper coast with REX Minerals
In this iconic part of South Australia, our focus was to identify ore and gangue minerals, hydrothermal alteration and breccia textures and mineral paragenesis.
We experienced practical learning by logging and interpreting the mineral paragenesis of exploration drill core at REX Minerals Hillside’s copper deposit, which was discovered under alluvial cover. Steve Hill (Director of GSSA) provided a one day field-based workshop on biogeochemistry and regolith,