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Heta Lampinen

Research Associate
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 205
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway


Research Output / Publications
UWA Research Repository


Heta is from Kuortane, Finland, and arrived at CET to begin her Ph.D. Project “Defining Mineral Systems footprints in the Edmund Basin of Capricorn Orogen by using proximal and remote sensing reflectance spectra (VNIR, SWIR) in May 2014”. Her project aim of this is to discover how mineral spectra can be utilised in identifying mineralisation signatures through the regolith cover. The scope is to identify the mineral assemblages that are characteristic for four schematic domains at the study area: 1) in the unweathered, unaltered bedrock, 2) unweathered altered bedrock, 3) regolith of unaltered bedrock, and 4) regolith of altered bedrock. These mineralogical footprints will then be interpreted with the geochemical data against the background of high-resolution geophysical data, maps of integrated geological and geophysical rock properties and ASTER imaging, to determine how the deep crustal scale structures and hydrothermal fluid flow could be differentiated from the variation within unaltered bedrock.

The study takes place in the area around stratiform Abra Pb-Cu-Ba-Zn mineralisation in the Mesoproterozoic Edmund Basin of the Capricorn Orogen in Western Australia. The project is part of the SIEF & MRIWA co-funded program “Distal Footprints of giant ore systems: Capricorn case study” and addresses questions that are aligned with the outcomes of the ongoing UNCOVER initiative. The results of this analysis will form inputs to targeting strategies seeking to delineate further mineral resources within this prospective basin. Heta will be working in the Capricorn Orogeny team under the supervision of Professors Sandra Occhipinti, Cam McCuaig, Marco Fiorentini and Dr. Carsten Laukamp from the CSIRO.

In many ways Heta’s Ph.D. project builds on her MSc project at the University of Turku: “Carbonatization and associated gold mineralization in the Archean Kuhmo-Suomussalmi Greenstone Belt.” This earlier work focused on a study of carbonisation related to orogenic gold mineralisation, principally through analysis of 13C/12C and 18O/16O isotope fractionation in host rock and coexisting vein populations. After finishing her Master’s degree, the mineral exploration business hit a low in Finland and Heta found herself moving from Turku to Rauma and working for a Posiva Oy that specialises in developing techniques for disposing of high level-nuclear waste in the crystalline bedrock.  In Rauma, she also discovered rugby union – in the form of French men’s team, with whom she practiced for 2 years. Since most women’s rugby takes place in Helsinki, in 2008 Heta talked herself into a position with Helsinki-based Saanio & Riekkola Consulting Engineers, whose main practice is in designing underground cavities in hard rock environments. While working, Heta also studied for a GeoProsPD – a tertiary apprenticeship style specialisation qualification for the mining industry in managing the life cycle of a mine – at the University of Oulu from 2010 – 2012. That somehow wasn’t enough, so she applied for, and was awarded a Scholarship for International Research Fees (SIRF) and University International Stipend (UIS) from UWA.

Unfortunately playing rugby and other running activities are out for a while due to freak ankle “injury” called idiopathic avascular necrosis of the talar bone. Due to this change in circumstances, her hobbies nowadays focus on less high-impact activities, including sea kayaking, cycling, hiking, painting/sketching and swimming.

For a more detailed biography of Heta, check out her LinkedIn profile.