SEG 2020 Vision: Celebrating a Century of Discovery: Whistler, BC, Canada
September 15 @ 8:00 am - September 18 @ 5:00 pm
SEG is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020. The annual conference in Whistler, BC, Canada, will showcase the new science and thinking that will benefit society in the future, framed by the understanding of the scientific accomplishments in economic geology and mineral discoveries over the last 100 years.
Game Changers — The First Hundred Years
Team: Patrick Mercier-Langevin, Rob Krcmarov, Craig Hart, Melissa Anderson
The Game Changers theme reviews major scientific and technical breakthroughs, discoveries, and events that have had a profound impact on exploration strategies, and that continue to influence geoscience and exploration.
The Game Changers highlights major scientific advances and ideas through the first 100 years of the Society, including technical, analytical, and experimental breakthroughs, and game-changing discoveries of deposits, districts, and belts. The theme also describes events that led to fundamental transformations in the industry and scientific community, and which still impact on how mineral deposit-related research is conducted and the way exploration strategies and approaches are developed. Game Changers is an integrated theme that includes, but is not limited to, the following topics: (1) major deposit and district discoveries defined in terms of economic and/or scientific and industry significance. (2) Step changes in exploration, mining and processing technologies. (3) Globally significant “events” that deeply influenced mineral deposit science and discovery, and our business at large, and that still reverberate today. (4) Paradigm shifts in exploration and research, from both the academic and industry perspectives; lessons learned and the great challenges not yet met. Contributions are encouraged to emphasize a link to “discovery” and the importance of “building on the shoulders of giants” as we look forward to the future.
Lindgren’s Legacy — Ore Deposits in Depth
Team: Jean Cline, Andy Wurst, Ross Sherlock, Steve Piercy
The Lindgren’s Legacy theme examines ore systems and geologic processes at all scales and depths, particularly relating to ore formation – a key principal in Lindgren’s ore deposits classification, resulting in exploration success and increased discovery.
The Lindgren’s Legacy theme aims to examine the diversity of ore systems with a focus on ore formation at all scales and depths. Lindgren interpreted ore formation processes and the depths and P-T conditions at which they occurred based on extensive field and microscope observations at multiple scales. These observations and related interpretations provided the fundamental genetic principles of Lindgren’s ore deposits classification. This session will focus on the use of modern tools and techniques applied with Lindgren’s methodology to expand understanding of ore processes at all scales, contributing to exploration success and increased discovery. Theme subdivisions include: (1) Earth Scale Processes; (2) Crustal to District Scale Processes, and (3) Deposit Scale Processes. Presentations that integrate multi-scale field observations with modern technology to identify key ore-forming geologic processes are invited.
Gold 2020 — Golden Past, Precious Future
Team: Tim Baker, Rich Goldfarb, Elizabeth Holley, Lynnette Greyling
The Gold 2020 theme captures our current understanding of important gold deposits and districts and addresses the evolution of ideas on gold deposit genesis and current thinking on factors controlling gold endowment.
Gold has been central to the Society of Economic Geologists over the past century and continues to drive worldwide exploration budgets and global research. The Gold 2020 — Golden Past, Precious Future theme captures our current understanding of important gold deposits and districts, discusses the evolution of ideas of gold deposit genesis and current thinking on factors controlling gold endowment in geological belts of different ages and tectonic settings. Contributions on great gold deposits and districts as well as on emerging camps and new discoveries, and new ideas on gold depositional processes are strongly encouraged. Contributions on the economic and societal context of gold deposits are also welcome: what role will gold play in the next century?
Basins Through Time — Linking Process and Ore Systems
Team: Brian Mahoney, Neil Fernandes, Murray Hitzman, Karen Kelley
The Basins theme explores the processes controlling ore formation in basins, from basin architecture to fluid compositions, through multi-disciplinary approaches, including new concepts in microbiology, geochemistry and temporal variations in physicochemical conditions on an evolving planet.
The largest economic mineral deposits throughout the history of the earth are the result of depositional, stratigraphic, structural, hydrogeologic, biologic, geochemical and geodynamic processes in sedimentary and volcanic basins (e.g. Witwatersrand Au, Athabasca U, Kupferschiefer Cu, African Cu, Belt basin Zn-Pb, Abitibi Au-rich VMS). These deposits have been mined at an industrial level for over 150 years, but many of the fundamental controlling processes, from the basin-scale to fluid compositions, remain unclear. Successful future exploration will require a holistic, multidisciplinary approach that integrates existing data with new and emerging concepts in microbiology, geochemistry and temporal variations in physicochemical conditions on an evolving planet. The Basins Through Time theme explores the historic context, current understanding and future research directions in the development of basin-hosted mineral deposits.
Ore Deposit Structure — Processes, Patterns, and Innovations
Team: Dave Rhys, Sally Goodman, Chris Siron, Moira Smith
The Structure theme examines the structural controls on the location, architecture, depositional processes, and post-ore modification of ore deposits, through the implementation of traditional and innovative structural techniques at orebody to crustal scales.
The Ore Deposit Structure – Processes, Patterns, and Innovations theme examines the structural controls on the location, architecture, depositional processes, and post-ore modification of ore deposits, through the implementation of traditional and innovative structural techniques at orebody to crustal scales. The theme subdivisions include reviews on the structure of different deposit types such as orogenic and epithermal gold, structural creation of permeability in fault hosted and magmatic-hydrothermal systems, and deformation effects in base metal deposits, as well as highlighting links between structure and depositional processes. A second sub-theme focuses on deposits and districts illustrating the structural controls on deposit types at deposit to district scale. The final sub-theme will address at practical structural applications, innovations and methods, including structural application to 3D geological and resource modelling, oriented core best practices, linking of alteration models to structure, applications of 3D imagery in structural interpretation of ore deposits, and the definition of structural control on grade distribution in orebodies.
2020 Vision — The Next Hundred Years
Team: George Simandl, Chad Hewson, Julie Hunt, Britt Bluemel
The 2020 Vision theme showcases emerging trends in our industry’s science, technologies, strategies and resource needs, and the new ideas and creative thinking that will guide us into the next century.
Beyond 2020, our industry will face increased challenges throughout the mining value chain. Environmental and societal expectations of mining are heightened as we move to a low carbon, technology-enabled future where mining and recycling will be central to supplying raw materials. Enhanced discovery rates, innovative mining and mineral processing are required through new science and technology, methods in data management, integration, visualization, interpretation and modelling. With this in mind, the SEG 2020 Vision theme showcases emerging trends through the following sub-themes: (1) new innovations in science and technology including the integration, analysis, and interpretation large multi-disciplinary datasets, machine learning. (2) Geometallurgy and the emergence of real-time geoscience sensor technology. (3) Specialty materials required by low carbon technologies, including battery (e.g. Li, Co, Ni, Mn, V), magnet (e.g. Nd, Pr, Sm, Dy) and photovoltaic (e.g. Si metal and Ge) materials, and related market trends, deposit models and exploration case histories. (4) The circular economy emphasizes the holistic use of raw materials including mining and recycling, materials stewardship, innovations in efficiency, particularly energy and water use, environmental responsibility and ways to address social acceptance of materials extraction and processing.
Diversity in Ore Deposits
The Diversity in Ore Deposits theme recognizes that there is a great range of mineral deposit types and topics that may fall outside the broad spectrum of our conference themes. We welcome any contributions to ore deposit geology, other commodities, and exploration or mining-related topics that influence the future of our society.