Academics With Exploration; Studies Of Mount Isa and the Eastern Succession.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E.S. is a research group that hosts a series of industry-funded applied geoscience projects for Mount Isa Mines.

Its five core research themes are:

  • Exploration Through Cover; aims to establish innovative geochemical exploration techniques including the use of a soil gas technique and biogeochemistry to generate new drill targets under cover.
  • Deposit Scale Characterisation; detailed geological, geochemical and geophysical modelling and structural studies of current ore bodies (Mount Isa Cu and Ernest Henry IOCG) and advanced exploration targets to maximise near-mine and brown-fields exploration targeting.
  • District Scale Ore Systems; studies of temporal and spatial variations of ore systems and the implications for district and regional prospectivity for improved exploration targeting and ground evaluation.
  • Production Challenges; identification of key geological and metallurgical questions to overcome technical challenges across different MIM business units.
  • Emerging Projects; identification and assessment of applicability of advanced and emerging technologies and to maintain flexibility of research studies to meet changing business needs and maximise knowledge transfer for MIM staff.

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Contact the group’s founder Dr Richard Lilly for more.