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6ias - The 6th International Archean Symposium

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The premier international symposium dedicated to Precambrian geoscience, and specifically the Archean, will be held in Perth at the University of Western Australia from July 14 – 16, 2020. It continues the highly successful IAS meetings presented every decade by Geoconferences.

The 6IAS Organising Committee is currently developing an exciting program of presentations, field excursions and workshops to reflect a decade’s worth of advances in our understanding of the early Earth.

Industry, academic and government geoscientists with an interest in the Archean will be welcomed to our beautiful city to not only enjoy the scientific and social program, but also to visit classic geological sites and mineral deposits in Western Australia.

July 5-12: Pre-conference field trips (1) Pilbara Craton; (2) Gawler Craton

July 14-16: 6IAS

July 17: Target 2020 meeting – exploration strategies for the future sustainability of the minerals industry

July 18-25: Post-conference field trips (1) Fortescue and Hamersley Basin; (2) Northern Yilgarn Craton; (3) Eastern Goldfields

Preliminary Themes

  • Early Earth evolution: perspectives from the oldest minerals and rocks

  • Emergence of atmosphere and life on early Earth and other terrestrial planets

  • Development of Archean continental crust and lithosphere: including insights from numerical modelling, planetary geodynamics, and stages of Archean geodynamic evolution

  • Role of Archean lithosphere in the evolution of younger terranes: including contribution of geophysics and geochemistry to understanding Archean terranes and their margins

  • Archean terranes and craton margins in BRICS region (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa)

  • Archean to Proterozoic transition

  • Mineral systems of Archean terranes and their margins

Pre-conference field trips

  1. Palaeoproterozoic reworking of an Archean craton, a transect through the southern Gawler

  2. Pilbara Craton (WA) : evolving Archean tectonic styles

  3. The Archean-Proterozoic boundary — out with the old, in with the new; a traverse through the Mount Bruce Supergroup (Fortescue and Hamersley Groups)

  4. A traverse across the Yilgarn Craton in Western Australia: From the Jack Hills to the Yamarna Terrane

  5. Mineral deposits in the Yilgarn Craton of Western Australia (Eastern Goldfields)

To receive further information as it becomes available or indicate an interest in helping with the organisation of the 6th International Archean Symposium, please email info@6ias.org including your contact details.

14 - 16 July, 2020
The University of Western Australia
Perth, Australia, WA, Australia
Website: http://6ias.org/