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Time Scales and Geodynamics

CET research in Time Scales and Geodynamics works toward an integrated understanding of the dynamic processes shaping mineral systems and their evolution through time.

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  • 28 February 2014

    A Social License to Undertake Research

    Modern research science is a capital-intensive industry. Scientific resources and agencies are concentrated in wealthy developed nations with the economic and infrastructure base to support such fundamental endeavours. Nature, however, respects no such distinctions - and we com...

    Mark Jessell, Geoff Batt

  • 28 February 2014

    The ongoing search for Hadean crust on Earth

    The familiar concentric layer cake structure of the Earth depicted in textbooks formed within a few hundred million years of the accretion of the planet. This is when the metallic core segregated, the oceans condensed, the atmosphere outgassed and the first rocky crust formed....

    Tony Kemp

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West African Exploration Initiative Stage 3

by Mark Jessell | Jun 17, 2014
The CET is taking a lead role in Stage 3 of the West African Exploration Initiative, which starts this September with a kick-off sponsors meeting in Dakar, Senegal. The West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI) is an ambitious research and training program led by a consortium of partner institutions, focused on the mineral potential of the West African Craton. This initiative, which commenced in November 2006, has been principally funded by the international Mining Industry and the Australian Government (AusAID & ARC), via an AMIRA International consortium. AMIRA International is an industry association dedicated to supporting collaborative minerals industry research. Capacity building activities have led to over 35 graduate projects, half of them taken up by African students, and an average of 5 short courses per year, run exclusively in West Africa. The WAXI project has a close collaboration with the International Mining for Development Centre (www.IM4DC.org).
The CET is taking a lead role in Stage 3 of the West African Exploration Initiative, which starts this September with a kick-off sponsors meeting in Dakar, Senegal.  The West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI) is an ambitious research and training program led by a consortium of partner institutions, focused on the mineral potential of the West African Craton. This initiative, which commenced in November 2006, has been principally funded by the international Mining Industry and the Australian Government (AusAID & ARC), via an AMIRA International consortium. AMIRA International is an industry association dedicated to supporting collaborative minerals industry research. Capacity building activities have led to over 35 graduate projects, half of them taken up by African students, and an average of 5 short courses per year, run exclusively in West Africa. The WAXI project has a close collaboration with the International Mining for Development Centre (www.IM4DC.org).
 
The overall aim of West Africa Exploration Initiative is to enhance the exploration potential of the West African Craton through an integrated program of research and data gathering into its “anatomy’, and to augment the capacity of local institutions to undertake or support this form of work.  The initiative covers the whole of the Leo-Man Shield and its immediate surrounds, and includes the countries of Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Ghana, The Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo.
 
The WAXI project has built up an impressive 250 Gb GIS database of exploration data for West Africa, with over 250 layers (80 unique to the WAXI project). This underpins the research and training activities, and continues to grow as new projects are carried out.
 
For further information on sponsorship opportunities for the research or capacity building streams, please contact Prof. Mark Jessell


WAXI 3D model of the West African Craton