34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia

08/05/2012 12:50
08/10/2012 12:50

Symposium Number 25.6 - Marine Minerals in Oceania
Convenors: David Cronan, Imperial College London; Cornel De Ronde, GNS New Zealand; Neville Exon, ANU, Australia

It is an exciting and pivotal time for marine minerals and mining in Oceania. Industry is gearing up for exploration and initial mining of sea floor volcanogenic massive sulfides (VMS), initially in the western Pacific. Pioneer Investors are positioned with the International Seabed Authority for exploration and eventual mining of manganese nodules in the international waters of the Pacific. Other organisations are looking at these deposits in the Exclusive Economic Zones of island nations in the South Pacific. Exploration and assessment continues on cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts on oceanic seamounts throughout the region. The IGC Symposium will encapsulate recent developments in marine minerals research in Oceania,especially on hydrothermal deposits, and serve as a snapshot of the situation in this field.

Further details: www.34igc.org
Abstract deadline: 17 February 2012