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  • January-2017: Posting at Queen's University for a tenure-track position for Assistant Professor with specialization in Analytical Geochemistry. More information can be found here (PDF).

  • Dec-2016: Job Posting at Queen's University for a position held jointly in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and the School of Environmental Studies. Further information can be found here (PDF).

  • Sept-2016: The AAG web site contains now a collection of high-level presentations on Applied Geochemistry, given by AAG lecturers and senior members. You will find them here.

  • Sept-2016: Geochemistry could not be what it is without sampling science. One of the founding fathers of sampling, Pierre Gy, left us last year. Many of us knew his papers or his name. He established scientific rules on sampling representativity that are still used by mineral exploration, mineral processing, and environmental remediation. The Theory of Sampling forum published a memorial volume on his legacy (see that here). This volume is in free acess. And for the present of sampling science, there will be the 8th WCSB conference in Perth, Australia on May 9-11 2017, combined with the Australian sampling conference. It is jointly organised by The AusIMM and CSIRO. Papers are invited for submission now.

  • June-2016: A geochemist's view on lithium exploration  and some promising paths. Read the full article here.
  • June-2016: The tailings dam accident in Brazil, at Fundão Mariana, November 5th, 2015, is not in itself a geochemist's issue. However, geochemists are concerned with this accident whether they are working with the mining industry or the environmental protection. See here how geochemists contribute to understanding the impact of such a major issue.

  • January-2016: Hot off the Press! New book entitled "Barringer. Back to the future: airborne geochemistry and many related topics" by Peter M.D. Bradshaw. More information on the book and how to order here.

  • The AAG is now present on LinkedIn and Twitter! We invite LinkedIn members to join our group 'Association of Applied Geochemists', and Twitter users to follow us at @AAGeochemists. We hope this will give the opportunity to develop online discussions within the geochemists' community.


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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. It is anticipated that the call for abstracts will open on August 1, 2017 and close on January 15th 2018. Submissions of abstracts to the AAG sessions, as well as 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.

A series of Short Courses and Field Trips are also being compiled by AAG for inclusion in RFG18, further information will be provided in the near future.

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 the Peter Winterburn at pwinterburn@eoas.ubc.ca





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