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The AAG has partnered with the Resources for Future Generations 2018 Conference to be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada between 16-21 June 2018 to hold the IAGS2018 symposium as an integral component of the RFG18 conference. The 4 day conference covering Energy, Minerals, Water and the Earth is expected to attract in excess of 5000 people to Vancouver to attend the conference. This will provide the AAG with the opportunity to showcase through specific AAG sessions, the advancements and applications of geochemistry in the spheres of exploration and environment.   

11 AAG specific applied geochemistry sessions will be chaired by AAG members. Details of the sessions are provided below. A series of Short Courses and Field Trips have also been compiled by AAG for inclusion in RFG18. Registration, short course and field trip selection, will be handled through the RFG2018 website at http://rfg2018.org. The abstract submission process will allow the selection of the specific sessions for submissions. AAG members are encouraged to submit abstracts to the appropriate AAG sessions. 

Registration at the conference will allow AAG members full access to the complete RFG18 technical sessions.

AAG members attending RFG2018 are also invited to a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Additional details can be found here.

AAG Sessions at the RFG18 Conference.

MIN55 - Analytical Technology in the search for minerals: Space to the Lab to the field. - Recent, experimental and proposed developments in technology as applicable to the discovery of new mineral deposits and environmental studies with a particular emphasis on chemical, mineralogical, isotopic and spectral analytical techniques including remote sensing, laboratory analysis and field analysis.

MIN26 - Big-Data: Integration, Management and Regional Scale Surveys - Exploration companies, geological surveys and mining companies typically own gigabytes to terabytes of geochemical information with associated attributes, much of which is poorly examined beyond simple numerical treatments for limited components. Recent advances in the treatment of datasets using advanced techniques, including Hyper-cube amongst others will demonstrate through case studies and research examples, how to extract maximum value from regional scale and detailed mine scale datasets.

MIN25 - Exploration Case studies - Out of the Box Concepts, methodologies and practises - Case studies of mineral exploration, both positive and negative, with an emphasis on application of geochemistry. In particular those employing out-of-the-box concepts, models or methodologies that demonstrate new advances in mineral exploration, discovery, risk abatement and cost reduction.

MIN29 - Exploration Undercover - Techniques, Technology and Strategy - Demands for mineral resources continue to affect society with high metal prices, skill shortages, governmental policy changes, and billions of dollars in resource investment. The discovery of new mineral resources requires increasing risk, increasing costs, and increasingly effective exploration techniques. Exploration activity itself is increasingly focused in difficult localities such as those that lack outcrop, are covered by transported surficial materials or are deeper in the crust.  As a result, the demand to develop new and improved geochemical exploration techniques and strategies is higher than ever. This session will include papers reviewing state of art progress, new concepts, technologies, case histories and exploration strategic paths aimed at discovery.

MIN27 - Footprints of giant orebodies -  Mineralogical, Spectral and Geochemical vectors to Discovery - Across the globe there has over the last 5 years been several major research initiatives directed at developing fully integrated geological, mineralogical, chemical and geophysical footprints of large orebodies beyond visible alteration to so called cryptic effects (e.g AMIRA, CMIC). This session is intended to draw together key papers highlighting  integrated models and their application to exploration.  

MIN57 - Geometallurgy: Exploration-Evaluation-Exploitation-Environment - This session will examine the roll of Geometallurgy and geochemistry through the complete birth-cradle-grave cycle of an orebody, documenting how it's use can effectively reduce risk and cost an an early stage of exploration through evaluation and mining through to the impact of geometallurgy on waste disposal and mine closure. The session will comprise a keynote plus selected case studies of the application of geometallurgy, in particular novel or unconventional applications in natural resources. 

MIN48 - Hydrocarbons in the exploration for metaliferous and none-metaliferous deposits - Hydrocarbons have shown considerable potential as an exploration tool for the discovery of mineral deposits, however not without controversy. Through case studies and recent technological advances, this session will present recent results on the application of hydrocarbons in mineral exploration.

WA14 - Hydrogeochemistry: Environment and Exploration - Application of water geochemistry as both a tool to search for water resources and mineral resources in addition to the geochemistry of contaminated waters and their mitigation. The session will cover research and development of new techniques and technologies in addition to application case histories of hydrogeochemistry in exploration and remediation.

MIN28 - Micro to Macro-biogeochemistry: Exploration, Processing, remediation and the Environment - Biological systems play a increasing significant role in mineral exploration, mineral processing and site remediation exploiting natural interactions and processes between geological materials and biological processes. This session will recent progress and new  innovations in the utilisation of natural processes in resource development. 

MIN30 - Mineral Exploration in Extreme Environments - Exploration Geochemistry in hyper-arid, tundra, tropical, high altitude, sub-oceanic and extra-planetary requires it's own techniques and technologies. This session will be devoted to research, development and case-histories of mineral exploration in these diverse, significantly more important, yet problematic environments with an emphasis on applied geochemistry.

MIN24 - Stable and radiogenic Isotope systems: Applications in Exploration and the Environment - Modern analytical technology has substantially reduced the cost of isotopic analysis to the level of routine analysis, in addition new systems have become commercially viable and the knowledge base and understanding of a range of isotope systems is now well documented. This session will demystify the application of isotopes in exploration and the environment through solid case studies demonstrating their value add benefit integrated with other information in the decision process.

For further information visit http://rfg2018.org, or contact Peter Winterburn at pwinterburn@eoas.ubc.ca