Yardie Gorge - image courtesy Milo Barham

Western Australia

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For questions regarding the WA Division please email wittww@iinet.net.au

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Talks & Events
Monthly Meeting

Date: First Wednesday of each month (except December and January)
Location: Irish Club of WA (Inc.), 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco, between Hay Street and Churchill Ave
Time: 5.30pm
Info: wittww@iinet.net.au

Upcoming Events

29 May 2019 - Advanced Spectral Data Processing Workshop (GSA-WA, CSIRO, GSWA)
Details: 
This workshop will provide advanced hands-on instruction on how to extract mineralogical and lithological information from HyLogger-derived hyperspectral data obtained from diamond drillcore
Presenters: Carsten Laukamp (CSIRO), Monica LeGras (CSIRO), and Ian Lau (CSIRO), assisted by GSWA geologists Lena Hancock, Michael Wawryk and Paul Duuring
Requirements: Participants must bring their own laptop for hands-on case studies using The Spectral Geologist (TSG) software package. One-day TSG licences will be installed on laptops at the beginning of the workshop. Closed shoes, hand lens, and scribe are also required. Prerequisites for the course are basic familiarity with spectral reflectance data and TSG software. We recommend attendance at the free GSWA Introduction to the HyLogger event on Tuesday 28th of May for inexperienced users
Location: Perth Core Library, 37 Harris Street, Carlisle. Free parking is available inside the main gate on Harris Street. Arriving vehicles will be directed to appropriate parking bays by Core Library staff
Time: 9.00am-4.00pm

Cost: $90 for GSA Members and $110 for non-GSA members
Registration: Please click here
Contact: Paul Duuring (08) 9222 3155 or paul.duuring@dmirs.wa.gov.au


29 May 2019 - WA Division Awards Night and Annual General Meeting
Speaker: Jim Ross
Topic:
Geoscience illuminating archaeology: how mines, metals and money led to Alexander the Great
Details: Awarding of the Gibb Maitland Medal, Ross Medal, Geological Society of Australia (WA Division) Medal and Certificates for Long-Standing Members.
The AAP Robert Etheridge Jr Medal will also be presented at the event. 
Location: 
Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, University of Western Australia
Time: 6.00pm
Tickets: Please click here to secure your ticket

5 June 2019 - WA Division Meeting
Speaker: 
Valentina Taranovic (CSIRO)
Topic: Insights into the Nova-Bollinger Ni-Cu depost, Frazer Zone of Western Australia
Location: Irish Club of WA (Inc.), 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco 
Time: 5.30pm

12 July 2019 - Pilbara Coastal and Marine Science Symposium
Location: Fremantle
Details: 
The Geological Society of Australia (WA Division) is facilitating a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary day-long symposium on the Pilbara Coast and offshore regions, in collaboration with the Wetlands Research Association Inc. and Geoheritage Australasia. The Symposium will be held in association with the AMSA 2019 Marine Science for a Blue Economy Conference (Fremantle) http://amsa19.amsa.asn.au/
The aim of the Symposium is to bring together and collate the up-to-the-present and state-of-the art science of universities, government agencies, researchers, and industry in a symposium to share information and exchange ideas towards the understanding and better management of the Pilbara Coast.  The objective also is to produce a quality refereed publication from original work presented at the Symposium
If you are interested in presenting an oral paper or poster at the Symposium or alternately developing a poster paper, please send a 200-500-word abstract and the paper title to: PCMSS@iinet.net.au by April 30

Themes of the Symposium include:
(1) coastal geology and nearshore, geomorphology, and physical features of the Pilbara Coast;
(2) coastal, nearshore, and hinterland ecology (including coastal habitats, mangroves, rocky shore, saltmarsh, seagrass, coral reefs, fish, amongst others);
(3) link between geodiversity and biodiversity along the Pilbara Coast;
(4) Indigenous, archaeological, and rock art aspects:
(5) European colonisation and industry;
(6) conservation and management.

Cost: $180 for individuals, $120 for GSA members and those registered for the AMSA Conference, $90 for concession holders and students. Applications for free registration, due to hardship, can be sent to PCMSS@iinet.net.au
Registration close 1 June: To register please go to the AMSA website - http://amsa19.amsa.asn.au/. If you do not wish to attend the AMSA Conference, please register via pcmss-wra@iinet.net.au

29 November 2019 - GESSS WA
Description: GESSS WA allows Honours, Masters and PhD students to present their research to the local scientific community, to gain experience in communicating their research findings through oral and poster presentations, to promote their talents to future employers, to discover areas of research at other universities, or departments, and to meet new people in the Earth Sciences field. 2018 held the first of the Western Australian GESSS series with the aim to continue the initiative into 2019 and alternate between the host universities; The University of Western Australia and Curtin University.
Location: Curtin University
Website: Please click here
Registration: Details coming soon

Previous Division Meetings and Events

1 May 2019 - WA Division Meeting
Speaker: Katarina Miljkovic (Curtin University)
Topic: Studying Martian interior with InSight

7 March 2019 - WA Division Tamala Limestone Fieldtrip - Classic Carbonates & Pleistocene Sea-levels
Details: GSA WA & PESA are offering a short afternoon fieldtrip to the classic Peppermint Grove outcrops along the Swan River, led by Dr. Milo Barham (Curtin University). The Tamala Limestone crops out in a near continuous ribbon for over 1000 km along the southwestern coast of Western Australia. Although dominated by Pleistocene aeolianites, with increasing study and recognition of discrete members, the temporal and environmental complexities of the Tamala Limestone’s deposition are becoming clearer. At Peppermint Grove, several facies are well-exposed in a relatively small area, allowing for easy investigation of classic Western Australian lithofacies, and broader carbonate-dominated sedimentary features from a variety of paralic depositional environments (aeolian to shallow marine). Improved age constraints and investigation of facies-relationships at Peppermint Grove allow for the generation of simple sea-level curves for this section and a broader discussion of Pleistocene glacio-eustatic sea-level curves and their influence on sediment packages.
Location: Scotch College Boat Shed, The Esplanade, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia

 6 March 2019 - WA Division Meeting
Speaker: Cecilio Quesada (Istituto Geológico Minero de España)
Topic: The Iberian pyrite belt: geological constraints in its formation and evolution

6 February 2019 - WA Division Meeting
Speaker: Prof. J. Brendan Murphy (St. Francis Xavier University, Curtin University)
Top
ic: Was there a late Neoproterozoic supercontinent? Why does it matter?

5 December 2018 – WA Division Social
Description: Review of the GSA WA activities during 2018 with a preview for 2019. 

 

29 November 2018 - GESSS WA
Description: GESSS WA is a new initiative allows Honours, Masters and PhD students from the University of Western Australia and Curtin University present their research to the local scientific community, to gain experience in communication their research findings through oral and poster presentations, to promote their talents to future employers, to discover areas of research at other universities or departments and to meet new people in the Earth Science field
Location: Geology Building, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Hwy, Carwley WA 6009

7 November 2018 – WA Division Meeting
Speaker: Imogen Fielding, Geological Survey of Western Australia
Topic: In Situ U–Pb Geochronology of Hydrothermal Xenotime and Monazite to Date Gold Mineralization in the Northern Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia

3 October 2018 – WA Division Meeting
Speaker: Heta Lampinen (Centre for Exploration Targeting, UWA)
Topic: Defining a base metal mineral systems footprint in the Edmund Basin of the Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia

5 September 2018 – WA Division Meeting
Speaker: Helen McFarlane (Centre for Exploration Targeting, UWA)
Topic: Metamorphism of the West African Craton: Dilemmas of the Palaeoproterozoic accretionary-collisional Eburnean Orogeny (2.20 – 2.07 Ga)

1 August 2018 – WA Division Meeting
Speaker: Chloe Plet (CSIRO)
Topic: Carbonate Concretions: A window into the past

20 July 2018 – Spectral Data Processing Workshop (GSA WA Division, CSIRO, GSWA)

Topic: This one-day, hands-on workshop covered how to extract mineralogical and lithological information from HyLogger-derived hyperspectral data obtained from diamond drillcore. 

4 July 2018
Speaker:  Adam Bath (CSIRO)
Topic: Deposit- to camp-scale alteration mapping of Archean gold systems

6 June 2018
Speaker: Jens Klump (CSIRO)
Topic: Can we teach machines Geology? The role of data science in the geosciences

25 May 2018
WA Division Awards Night Presentation and AGM 

Awarding of the Gibb Maitland Medal, Ross Medal, Geological Society of Australia (WA Division) Medal and Certificates for Long-Standing Members

15 May 2018

Speaker: Angus M Robinson FAusIMM (CP)
Topic: Striking gold through geotourism – a perspective from a former gold/metals exploration geologist

2 May 2018 

Speaker: Dr Carl Brauhart (CSA Global)
Topic: OSNAACA database

4 April 2018 
Speaker: Prof. Jeffrey Vervoort (Washington State University)
Topic: 
Unravelling the early history of the Earth


7 March 2018
Speaker: Prof. Rob Strachan (University of Portsmouth)
Topic: 
Early Neoproterozoic orogenesis and Rodinia reconstructions in the North Atlantic 

6 and 8 March 2018
Tamala Limestone Fieldtrip - Classic Carbonates and Pleistocene Sea-Levels

7 February 2018
Speaker: Dr Kirsten Rempel (Curtin University)
Topic: 
Jewels of the Golden Mile: The Hidden Secret Ag-Au-Te deposit and kalgoorlieite, a new arsenic telluride mineral

GSA National Governing Council Elections and Western Australia Division Councillor

If you are considering becoming a Governing Councillor, know someone who may be interested or are keen to know more the following information will be helpful.
Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact the GSA office email businessmanager@gsa.org.au or (phone: 02 9290 2194).

Divisional Councillor Nomination Form
(Microsoft Word Document)

Committee

Chair: Ignacio (Nacho) Gonzalez-Alvarez (CSIRO)
E: Ignacio.Gonzalez-Alvarez@csiro.au

Vice Chair: Peter Kinny (Curtin University)
E: p.kinny@curtin.edu.au

Secretary: Walter Witt (Consultant)
E: wittww@iinet.net.au

Treasurer: Stephen Wyche (GSWA) 
E: stephen.wyche@westnet.com.au

General Committee Members:
Paul Duuring (GSWA)
Stephen Barnes (CSIRO)
Trevor Beardsmore (GSWA)

Convenor (Awards Subcommittee):
Charles Butt

Convenor (Geoeducation Subcommittee):
Joanne Watkins (ESWA)

Convenor (Geoheritage Subcommittee):
Margaret Brocx

Convenor (Stratigraphic Nomenclature Subcommittee):
Milo Barham (Curtin University)

List of prospective sponsors for GSA-WA membership applications
BHP
Matthew Crowe
E: matt.crowe@bhpbilliton.com

Roger McNaughton
E: roger.w.mcnaughton@bhpbilliton.com

CSIRO
Charles Butt
E: charles.butt@csiro.au

Ignacio Gonzalez-Alvarez
E: ignacio.gonzalez-Alvarez@csiro.au

Bruce Hobbs
E: bruce.hobbs@csiro.au

Erick Ramanaidou
E: erick.ramanaidou@csiro.au

Curtin University
Milo Rory Barham
E: milo.barham@curtin.edu.au

Edith Cowan University
Ross Dowling
E: r.dowling@ecu.edu.au

Earth Science WA
Joanne Watkins
E: joanne.watkins@csiro.au

FMG
Stuart Robinson
E: srobinson@fmgl.com.au

Geological Survey of Western Australia
Heidi Allen
E: heidi.allen@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Trevor Beardsmore
E: trevor.beardsmore@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Peter Haines
E: Peter.HAINES@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Simon Johnson
E: simonpaul.johnson@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Michael Wingate
E: michael.wingate@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Private
Walter Witt
E: wittww@iinet.net.au

Rio Tinto
Bryan Bowden
E: bryan.bowden@riotinto.com

University of Western Australia
Sandra Occhipinti
E: sandra.occhipinti@uwa.edu.au

Alison Ord
E: alison.ord@uwa.edu.au