03/10/2014 - 14:09

China expedition to understand WA geology: Marmion

03/10/2014 - 14:09

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Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion says a partnership between Western Australia and Chinese geoscientists could help unlock the mysteries of the state’s geology.

China expedition to understand WA geology: Marmion
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion says a partnership between Western Australia and Chinese geoscientists could help unlock the mysteries of the state’s geology.

Mr Marmion recently spent 12 days touring China, mapping Gansu Province and conducting field work in the northern plateau of Tibet.

“This work is part of a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s geological survey of WA and the China geological survey,” Mr Marmion said.

“The cooperation in geoscience MOU has already seen joint mapping exercises in Yalgoo, in WA’s Murchison region.”

The China expedition included six WA geoscientists, led by GSWA executive director Rick Rogerson.

The Minister said there were great benefits for WA geoscientists being exposed to the relatively young geology of China.

“Understanding these younger formations helps us better evaluate the ancient rocks of WA,” Mr Marmion said.

“GSWA techniques integrate geophysics, structural geology, geochemistry and geochronology, giving us a better understanding of geological evolution, ultimately helping us identify the mines of tomorrow.

“The building of relationships like these benefits both science and industry.” 

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