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Andreas Mueller

Adjunct Professor
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Email
andreasm@iinet.net.au


Andreas studied geology and paleontology at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt, and mining geology at the Technical University of Clausthal, Germany. He graduated with a thesis on a sediment-hosted uranium deposit in Arizona, and with a structural mapping project on a Zn-Pb-Ba Sedex deposit in Germany. He then joined St. Joe Explorations GmbH working as a project geologist for Kupferschiefer-type Cu-Ag mineralization. Subsequent employment with Schlumberger Middle East S.A. led to a position as Senior Field Engineer for drill hole geophysical logging and wire-line services in offshore oil and gas fields, Abu Dhabi. In 1990, Andreas completed a Ph.D. study in economic geology at the University of Western Australia with a thesis on Archean gold deposits in the Yilgarn Craton emphasizing gold skarns. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, California, he returned to Western Australia working as a consultant for various mining companies, mainly Placer Dome Asia Pacific prior to their takeover by Barrick Gold.

Research Interests
Comprehensive studies on Archean gold, skarn, Sedex base metal, and stratabound Cu-Ag deposits.

Internet-based teaching material (free downloads):
The Meggen and Rammelsberg Zn-Pb-Ag Sedex deposits, Germany. Available at:  www.e-sga.org, Publications, Mineral Deposit Archive.

Publications

Publications during affiliation to the CET at the University of Western Australia

Mueller AG (submitted) Mount Charlotte deposit – Kalgoorlie Goldfield. Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Australian Ore Deposits Monograph (invited paper, contribution 640)

Mueller AG, McNaughton NJ (submitted) Hydrothermal zircon, garnet and titanite in Archean skarn: U-Pb ages constraining the pressure-temperature-time path of the Big Bell gold deposit, Western Australia. Mineralium Deposita (in review)

Mueller AG (submitted) Structural setting of Fimiston- and Oroya-style pyrite-telluride-gold lodes, Paringa South mine, Golden Mile, Kalgoorlie: 1. Lode systems, porphyry dykes, and pre-mineral alteration zones. Mineralium Deposita (in review)

Mueller AG, Hagemann SG, McNaughton NJ (2016) Neoarchean orogenic, magmatic and hydrothermal events in the Kalgoorlie-Kambalda area, Western Australia: constraints on gold mineralization in the Boulder Lefroy-Golden Mile fault system. Mineralium Deposita online, DOI 10.1007/s00126-016-0665-9

Mueller AG (2015) Structure, alteration, and geochemistry of the Charlotte quartz vein stockwork, Mt Charlotte gold mine, Kalgoorlie, Australia: time constraints, down-plunge zonation, and fluid source. Mineralium Deposita 50: 221-244

Publications prior to the CET / UWA adjunct appointment

Mueller AG (2013) Archean gold skarns in iron formation, Southern Cross greenstone belt, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia: midcrustal granite-related replacement deposits. Mineral deposit research for a high-tech world, Proceedings of the 12th Biennial SGA Meeting, 12-15 August 2013, Uppsala, Sweden, ISBN 978-91-7403-207-9, pp. 1547-1550

Mueller AG, Muhling JR (2013) Silver-rich telluride mineralization at Mount Charlotte and Au-Ag zonation in the giant Golden Mile deposit, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Mineralium Deposita 48: 295-311

Mueller AG, Lawrance LM, Muhling J, Pooley GD (2012) Mineralogy and PTX relationships of the Archean Hannan South Au-Cu (Co-Bi) deposit, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia: Thermodynamic constraints on the formation of a zoned intrusion-related skarn. Economic Geology 107: 1-24

Mueller AG (2009) Oxidized gold deposits and Cu-Au skarns in the Eastern Goldfields Superterrane, Western Australia: Structural setting and space-time relations to I-type intrusions. In: Williams PJ et al. (eds) Smart Science for Exploration and Mining. Proceedings 10th Biennial SGA Meeting, 2009, Townsville, Australia, pp. 954-956

Mueller AG, Hall GC, Nemchin AA, O’Brien D (2008) Chronology of the Pueblo Viejo epithermal gold-silver deposit, Dominican Republic: Formation in an Early Cretaceous intra-oceanic island arc and subsequent burial under ophiolite. Mineralium Deposita 43: 873-889

Mueller AG, Hall GC, Nemchin AA, Stein HJ, Creaser RA, Mason DR (2008) Archean high-Mg monzodiorite-syenite, epidote skarn, and biotite-sericite gold lodes in the Granny Smith-Wallaby district, Australia: U-Pb and Re-Os chronometry of two intrusion-related hydrothermal systems. Mineralium Deposita 43: 337-362

Mueller A.G. (2007) Copper-gold endoskarns and high-Mg monzodiorite-tonalite intrusions at Mt. Shea, Kalgoorlie, Australia: Implications for the origin of gold-pyrite-tennantite mineralization in the Golden Mile. Mineralium Deposita 42: 737-769

Mueller, A.G., Nemchin, A.A., Frei, R. (2004) The Nevoria gold skarn deposit, Southern Cross greenstone belt, Western Australia: II. Pressure-temperature-time path and relationship to postorogenic granites. Economic Geology 99: 453-478

Mueller, A.G. (2002) Folds controlling gold skarn-sulphide deposits, Southern Cross greenstone belt, Yilgarn craton, Western Australia. In: Applied Structural Geology for Mineral Exploration and Mining, Abstracts: Perth, Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Bulletin no. 36, pp. 141-143

Mueller, A.G., McNaughton, N.J. (2000) U-Pb ages constraining batholith emplacement, contact metamorphism, and the formation of gold and W-Mo skarns in the Southern Cross area, Yilgarn craton, Western Australia. Economic Geology 95: 1231-1257

Mueller. A.G. (1997) The Nevoria gold skarn deposit in Archean iron-formation, Southern Cross greenstone belt, Western Australia: I. Tectonic setting, petrography, and classification. Economic Geology 92: 181-209

Mueller, A.G. (1997) Geochronology of the Big Bell mine area, Yilgarn craton, Western Australia: Implications for the radiometric dating of Archaean gold deposits. Extended Abstracts, Kalgoorlie 1997 Conference: Australian Geological Survey Record no. 1997/41, p. 157-162

Mueller, A.G., Campbell, I.H., Schiotte, L., Sevigny, J.H., Layer, P.W. (1996) Constraints on the age of granitoid emplacement, metamorphism, gold mineralization, and subsequent cooling of the Archean greenstone terrane at Big Bell, Western Australia. Economic Geology, 91: 896-915

Mueller, A.G. (1995) Distribution of wall-rock alteration and gold ore on the no. 4 level of the Marvel Loch mine, Western Australia. In: P.J. Schwebel (ed.), Southern Cross greenstone belt, geology and gold mines (Extended Anstracts). Yilgarn Geological Discussion Group, Geoconferences (WA) Inc., Nedlands, pp. 85-89

Mueller, A.G. (1992) Petrogenesis of amphibole-biotite-calcite-plagioclase alteration and laminated gold-silver quartz veins in four Archean shear zones of the Norseman district, Western Australia. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 29: 388-417

Mueller, A.G. (1991) The Savage Lode magnesian skarn in the Marvel Loch gold-silver mine, Southern Cross greenstone belt, Western Australia: Part I. Structural setting, petrography and geochemistry. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 28: 659-685

Mueller, A.G., Groves, D.I., Delor, C.P. (1991) The Savage Lode magnesian skarn in the Marvel Loch gold-silver mine, Southern Cross greenstone belt, Western Australia: Part II. Pressure-temperature estimates and constraints on fluid sources. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 28:  686-705

Mueller, A.G., de Laeter, J.R., Groves, D.I. (1991) Strontium isotope systematics of hydrothermal minerals from epigenetic Archean gold deposits in the Yilgarn Block, Western Australia. Economic Geology, 86:  780-809

Mueller, A.G., Groves, D.I. (1991) The classification of Western Australian greenstone- hosted gold deposits according to wallrock-alteration mineral assemblages. Ore Geology Reviews, 6:  291-331

Mueller, A.G., Delor, C.P. (1991) Goldmanite-rich garnet in skarn veins, Southern Cross greenstone belt, Yilgarn Block, Western Australia.  Mineralogical  Magazine , 55: 617-620

Mueller, A.G. (1990) Archean gold-silver and copper-gold deposits in the Yilgarn Block, Western Australia: Greenstone-hosted and shear-zone-controlled skarns. In: D.M. Hausen, D.N. Halbe, E.U. Petersen, and W.J. Tafuri  (eds.), Gold'90 - Proceedings of the Gold'90 Symposium, Salt Lake City,  Utah. Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration Inc., Littleton, Colorado, pp. 113-122

Mueller, A.G., de Laeter, J.R., Groves, D.I., McNaughton, N.J. (1990) Constraints on genesis of primary gold deposits: Strontium isotope studies.  In: S.E. Ho, D.I. Groves, and J. M. Bennett (eds.), Gold deposits of the Archaean Yilgarn Block, Western Australia: Nature, genesis and exploration guides. University of Western Australia, Geology Dept. (Key Centre) and University Extension, Publication 20, pp. 237-245

Mueller, A.G. (1988) Archaean gold-silver deposits with prominent calc-silicate alteration in the Southern Cross Greenstone Belt, Western Australia: Analogues of Phanerozoic skarn deposits. In: S.E. Ho and D.I. Groves (eds.), Advances in Understanding Precambrian Gold Deposits, Volume 2. University of Western Australia, Geology Dept. and University Extension, Publication 12, pp 141-163

Mueller, A.G., Harris, L.B., Lungan, A. (1988) Structural control of greenstone-hosted gold mineralization by transcurrent shearing: A new interpretation of the Kalgoorlie mining district, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews 3: 359-387

Mueller, A.G., Harris, L.B. (1987) An application of wrench tectonic models to mineralized structures in the Golden Mile district, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. In: S.E. Ho and D.I. Groves (eds.), Recent advances in understanding Precambrian gold deposits. University of Western Australia, Geology  Dept. and University Extension, Publication 11, pp 97-107

Mueller AG, Halbach P (1983) The Anderson Mine (Arizona) - An early diagenetic uranium deposit in Miocene lake sediments. Economic Geology 78: 275-292

Internet publications: SGA website – Publications – Mineral Deposit Archive

Mueller AG (2008) The Rammelsberg shale-hosted Cu-Zn-Pb sulfide and barite deposit, Germany: Linking SEDEX and Kuroko-type massive sulfides -- Slide presentation and explanatory notes. Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) website (http://www.e-sga.org), Publications, Mineral Deposit Archive.

Mueller AG (2005) The sedimentary-exhalative Meggen Zn-Pb sulfide and barite deposit, Germany: Geology and plate-tectonic setting -- Slide presentation and explanatory notes. Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) website (http://www.e-sga.org), Publications, Mineral Deposit Archive.

Publications as co-author

Zi J-W, Rasmussen B, Fletcher IR, Dunkley DJ, Muhling JR, Mueller A (2014) In-situ SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology of phosphates and its application to precise dating of hydrothermal events and mineralization. Proceedings 7th International SHRIMP Workshop, Japan, September 2014. DOI 10.13140/2.1.1509.2488

Rasmussen B, Mueller AG, Fletcher IR (2009) Zirconolite and xenotime U-Pb age constraints on the emplacement of the Golden Mile Dolerite sill and gold mineralization at the Mt Charlotte mine, Eastern Goldfields Province, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia. Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 157: 559-572

Rasmussen B, Fletcher IR, Muhling JR, Mueller AG, Hall GC (2007) Bushveld-aged fluid flow, peak metamorphism, and gold mobilization in the Witwatersrand basin, South Africa: Constraints from in-situ SHRIMP U-Pb dating of monazite and xenotime. Geology 35: 931-934

McNaughton NJ, Mueller AG, Groves DI (2005) The age of the giant Golden Mile deposit, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia: Ion-microprobe zircon and monazite U-Pb geochronology of a synmineralization lamprophyre dike. Economic Geology 100: 1427-1440

McNaughton, N.J., Mueller, A.G., Groves, D.I. (2001) Zircon age of an inter-mineralization lamprophyre dyke, Golden Mile, Kalgoorlie. In: Cassidy, K.F., Dunphy, J.M., and VanKranendonk, M.J. (eds.), 4th International Archaean Symposium 2001, Extended Abstracts: Canberra, Australian Geological Survey Organisation, Record 2001/37, p. 394-395

McNaughton, N.J., Cassidy, K.F., Dahl, N., de Laeter, J.R., Golding, S.D., Groves, D.I., Ho, S.E., Mueller, A.G., Perring, C.S., Sang, J.H., Turner, J.V. (1992) The source of ore components in lode-gold deposits of the Yilgarn Block, Western Australia.  In: J.E. Glover and S.E. Ho (eds.), The Archaean: terrains, processes and metallogeny. University of Western Australia, Geology Dept. (Key Centre) and University Extension, Publication 22, pp. 351-363

Groves, D.I., Barley, M.E., Barnicoat, A.C., Cassidy, K.F., Fare, R.J., Hagemann, S.G., Ho, S.E., Hronsky, J.M.A., Mikucki, E.J., Mueller, A.G., McNaughton, N.J., Perring, C.S., Ridley, J.R., and Vearncombe, J.R. (1992) Sub-greenschist- to granulite-hosted Archaean lode-gold deposits of the Yilgarn craton: A depositional continuum from deep-sourced hydrothermal fluids in crustal-scale plumbing systems. In: J.E. Glover and S.E. Ho (eds.), The Archaean: terrains, processes and metallogeny. University of Western Australia, Geology Dept. (Key Centre) and University Extension,Publication 22, pp. 325-337

Hronsky, J.M.A., Cassidy, K.F., Grigson, M.W., Groves, D.I., Hagemann, S.G., Mueller, A.G., Ridley, J.R., Skwarnecki, M.S., and Vearncombe, J.R. (1990) Nature and setting of primary gold deposits: Deposit- and mine-scale structure.  In: S.E. Ho, D.I. Groves, and J. M. Bennett (eds.), Gold deposits of the Archaean Yilgarn Block, Western Australia: Nature, genesis and exploration guides. University of Western Australia, Geology Dept. (Key Centre) and University Extension, Publication 20, pp. 38-54

Groves, D.I., Ho, S.E., McNaughton, N.J., Mueller, A.G., Perring, C.S., Rock, N.M.S., and Skwarnecki, M.S. (1988) Genetic models for Archaean lode gold deposits in Western Australia. In: S.E. Ho and D.I. Groves (eds.), Advances in Understanding Precambrian Gold Deposits, Volume 2. University of Western Australia, Geology Dept. and University Extension, Publication 12, pp. 1-22