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Ben Grguric

Adjunct Research Fellow
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Email

bengrguric@iinet.net.au

Ben Grguric has a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a BSc(Hons) in Geology from the University of Adelaide.

KEY RESEARCH AND INTERESTS

  • Komatiitic nickel deposits, exploration and genesis.
  • Archaean gold deposits, exploration and genesis.
  • Industry/academia liaison and collaborative research.
  • VMS deposits, exploration and genesis.
  • Ore deposit and process mineralogy.
  • Topographic mineralogy.

Publications

Selected Publications

Papers

Grguric, B.A., Seat, Z., Karpuzov, A.A., Simonov, O.N. (2013) The West Jordan deposit, a newly-discovered Type 2 dunite-hosted nickel sulphide system in the northern Agnew-Wiluna Belt, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews, Vol. 51, pg. 79-92.

Jones, S., McNaughton, N., Grguric, B.A. (2013) Structural controls and timing of fault-hosted manganese deposits at Woodie Woodie, East Pilbara. Ore Geology Reviews, Vol. 50, pg.52-82.

Barnes, S.J., Fiorentini, M.L., Duuring, P., Grguric, B.A., Perring, C., (2011) The Perseverance and Mount Keith nickel deposits of the Agnew-Wiluna Belt, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia. Reviews in Economic Geology, Vol. 17. pg. 51-88.

Grguric, B.A., Jones, S., Gray, S. (2011) Chromian clinochlore from Coobina, Pilbara Province, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, Vol. 16, pg. 35-37.

Seat, Z., Gee, M.A.A., Grguric, B.A., Beresford, S.W., and Grassineau N.V. (2011) The Nebo-Babel Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide deposit (West Musgrave, Australia): Part 1- U/Pb zircon ages, whole rock and mineral chemistry, and O-Sr-Nd isotope compositions of the intrusion, with constraints on petrogenesis. Economic Geology, Vol. 106, pg. 1-30.

Fiorentini, M.L., Rosengren, N.M., Beresford, S.W., Grguric, B.A., Barley, M.E. (submitted) Platinum-group element variation and nickel sulphide ore-forming processes: evidence from komatiites of the Mount Keith Domain, Agnew-Wiluna Belt, Western Australia. Mineralium Deposita.

Grguric, B.A. (2009) The gold nugget bonanza of Goanna Patch, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy. Vol. 14, pg. 55-60.

Seat, Z., Beresford, S.W., Grguric, B.A., Gee, M.A.M, Grassineau, N.V. (2009) Reevaluation of the role of external sulfur addition in the genesis of Ni-Cu-PGE geposits: Evidence from the Nebo-Babel Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, West Musgrave, Western Australia. Economic Geology, Vol. 104, pg. 521-538.

Grguric, B.A., Downes, P.J. (2008) Pegmatite minerals from the Barbara Mine, Coolgardie, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, Vol. 14, pg. 55-60.

Seat, Z., Beresford, S.W., Grguric, B.A., Waugh, R.S., Hronsky, J.M.A., Gee, M.A.M., Groves, D.I., Mathison, C.I. (2007) Architecture and emplacement of the Nebo-Babel gabbronorite-hosted magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE system, West Musgrave, Western Australia. Mineralium Deposita, Vol. 42, pg. 551-581.

Rosengren N.M., Grguric, B.A., Beresford, S.W., Fiorentini, M.L., Cas, R.A.F. (2007) Internal stratigraphic architecture of the komatiitic dunite-hosted MKD5 disseminated nickel sulfide deposit, Mount Keith Domain, Agnew-Wiluna Greenstone Belt, Western Australia. Mineralium Deposita, Vol. 42, pg. 821-845.

Fiorentini, M.L., Beresford, S.W., Grguric, B.A., Barnes, S.J., Stone, W.E. (2007) Atypical stratiform sulphide-poor platinum group element mineralization in the Agnew-Wiluna Belt komatiites, Wiluna, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 54, pg. 801-824.

Fiorentini, M.L., Rosengren, N.M., Beresford, S.W., Grguric, B.A., Barley, M.E. (2007) Controls on the emplacement and genesis of the MKD5 and Sarah’s Find Ni-Cu-PGE deposits, Mount Keith, Agnew-Wiluna Greenstone Belt, Western Australia. Mineralium Deposita, Vol. 42 pg. 847-877.

Grguric, B.A., Pring, A., Bevan, A.W., Downes, P.J. (2006) The minerals of Comet Vale, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, Vol. 12, pg. 9-23.

Grguric, B.A., Nickel, E.H. (2006) Acicular wurtzite and sphalerite from the Lockridge Mine, Bere Alston, Devon. UK Journal of Mines and Minerals, No. 27, pg. 39-40.

Grguric, B.A., Rosengren, N.M., Fletcher, C.M. & Hronsky, J.M.A. (2006) Type 2 deposits: Geology, mineralogy and processing of the Mount Keith and Yakabindie orebodies, Western Australia. Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication 13, pg. 119-138.

Tenailleau, C., Pring, A., Etschmann, B., Brugger, J., Grguric, B. and Putnis, A. (2006) Transformation of pentlandite to violarite under mild hydrothermal conditions. American Mineralogist, Vol. 91, pg. 706-709.

Grguric, B.A., Riley, T.M. (2006) An integrated geo-metallurgical approach to optimise business outcomes at the Mount Keith Nickel Deposit, Western Australia. Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication 12, pg. 311-329.

Grguric, B.A., Nickel, E.H. (2005) Okenite from the Perseverance nickel mine, Western Australia: a first Australian occurrence. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, Vol. 11, pg. 25-26.

Tenailleau,  C., Etschmann, B.E., Wang, H.,  Pring, A., Grguric, B.A., StuderA. (2005) Thermal expansion of troilite and pyrrhotite determined by in-situ cooling (873-373 K) neutron powder diffraction measurements. Mineralogical Magazine, Vol. 69, pg. 205-216.

Rosengren, N.M., Beresford, S.W., Grguric, B.A., Cas, R.A.F. (2005) An intrusive origin for the komatiitic dunite-hosted Mount Keith disseminated nickel sulfide deposit, Western Australia. Economic Geology, Vol. 100, pg. 149-156.

Grguric, B.A., Rosengren, N.M. (2004) MKD5 nickel sulfide deposit, Mount Keith. In Gold and Nickel deposits in the Archaean Norseman-Wiluna greenstone belt, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia-  A Field Guide. Geological Survey of Western Australia, Record 2004/16. pp. 93-103.

Pattrick, R.A.D., van der Laan, G., Charnock, J.M., Grguric, B.A. (2004) Cu L3 X-ray absorption spectroscopy and the electronic structure of minerals: spectral variations in non-stoichiometric bornites, Cu5FeS4. American Mineralogist, Vol. 89, pg. 541-546.

Clark, C., Grguric, B.A., Schmidt-Mumm, A. (2004) Genetic implications of pyrite chemistry from the Palaeoproterozoic Olary Domain and overlying Neoproterozoic Adelaidian sequences, northeastern South Australia. Ore Geology Reviews, Vol.25, pg. 237-257.

Etschmann, B.E., Pring, A., Putnis., A, Grguric, B.A., and Struder, A. (2004) A kinetic study of the exsolution of pentlandite (Ni,Fe)9S8 from the monosulphide solid solution (Fe,Ni)S.  American Mineralogist , Vol. 89, pg. 39-50.

Grguric, B.A. (2003) Minerals of the MKD5 nickel deposit, Mount Keith, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, Vol. 9, No. 2 , pg. 55-71.

Grguric, B.A., Madsen, I.C. (2002) Bismoclite from the Leinster area, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, Vol. 8, No. 2, pg. 83-85.

Van der Laan, G., Pattrick, R.A.D., Charnock, J.M. and Grguric, B.A. (2002) Cu L2,3 X-ray absorption and the electronic structure of nonstoichiometric Cu5FeS4. Physical Review B, Vol. 66, 045104-1 – 5.

Grguric, B.A. (2002) Hypogene violarite of exsolution origin from Mount Keith, Western Australia: field evidence for a stable pentlandite-violarite tie line. Mineralogical Magazine, Vol. 66, No. 2, pg. 313-326.

Grguric, B.A., Madsen, I.C., Pring, A. (2001) Woodallite, a new chromium analogue of iowaite from the Mount Keith nickel deposit, Western Australia. Mineralogical Magazine, Vol. 65, No. 3 pg. 427-436.

Grguric, B.A., Harrison, R.J., Putnis, A. (2000) A revised phase diagram for the bornite-digenite join from in-situ neutron diffraction and DSC experiments. Mineralogical Magazine, Vol. 64, No. 2, pg. 213-231.

Grguric, B.A., Putnis, A. (1999) Rapid exsolution behaviour in the bornite-digenite series, and implications for natural ore assemblages. Mineralogical Magazine, Vol. 63, No. 1, pg. 1-14.

Grguric, B.A., Putnis, A.,  Harrison, R.J. (1998) An investigation of the phase transitions in bornite (Cu5FeS4) using neutron diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. American Mineralogist, Vol. 83, pg. 1231-1239.

Grguric, B.A., Putnis, A. (1998) Compositional controls on phase transition temperatures in bornite: a differential scanning calorimetry study. Canadian Mineralogist, Vol. 36, pg. 215-227.

Grguric, B.A. (1998) Sector phosphorescent gypsum var. selenite crystals from Mepal Bridge, Cambridgeshire. Journal of the Russell Society, Vol. 7, pg. 19-22.

Pring, A., Grguric, B.A., Criddle, A.J. (1998) Lindströmite from Cobalt, Ontario, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist, Vol. 36, pg.1141-1150.

Grguric, B.A., Pring, A., Drew, G. (1995) Minerals of the Burra Mine, South Australia. South         Australian Mines Department Publication No. 11, 32pp.

Grguric, B.A., Pring, A., Drew, G. (1994) Famous mineral localities: The Burra Burra mine, Burra, South Australia. The Mineralogical Record, Vol. 25, No. 2, pg. 121-130.

Grguric, B.A. (1990) Minerals of the Mount Monster Mine, Yundi, South Australia. Mineralogical News, Vol. 6, pg. 15-20.

Grguric, B.A. (1989) Some mines and minerals of the Wadnaminga Goldfield, Olary Province, South Australia. Mineralogical News, Vol. 5, pg. 20-27.

Books

Jacobson, M.I., Calderwood, M.A., Grguric, B.A. (2007) Guidebook to the Pegmatites of Western Australia. Hesperian Press, Perth, 356 pp.

Theses

Grguric, B.A. (1998) Polymorphism and exsolution in the bornite-digenite solid solution series and implications for natural ores. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Cambridge.

Grguric, B.A. (1992) The petrology, geochemistry and fluid history of calc-silicate rocks and associated primary Cu-Co mineralisation in the Ethiudna Mines area, Olary Province, South Australia. Unpublished Honours thesis, University of Adelaide.