November 29, 2010 Reminder: Dr. Steven Scott talk at UBC Robson Square - November 30th (tomorrow) at 3:00 pm
Geoscience BC, MDRU and CIM are sponsoring a talk by Dr. Steven Scott:
Dr. Steven Scott
"Seafloor massive sulfide mining - The dawning of a new industry"
Tuesday, November 30th
UBC Robson Square
(800 Robson Street, Vancouver)
Please RSVP to or 604.822.3756 to confirm attendance
First observed 30 years ago, high-temperature hot springs (black smokers) on the deep ocean floor are precipitating mounds and columnar edifices (chimneys) of copper, zinc, lead, iron and silver sulphides, gold and other major and minor elements. Some deposits are of sufficient size and metal content to be considered for mining. Canadians have played important roles in their geological and geophysical exploration and evaluation.
Steven Scott is a pioneer in the study of these seafloor massive sulphide (SMS) deposits and is the co-discoverer of the Solwara site in the Manus basin of the Bismarck Sea offshore eastern Papua New Guinea. Nautilus Minerals, a headquartered in Toronto, intends to mine the site when the global financial crisis abates and metal prices rebound.
Dr. Scott will present an overview of this new type of mineral resource, emphasizing exploration strategies, proposed robotic mining methods, environmental issues unique to these deposits and future prospects for continued commercialization.
Steven Scott is the Dr. Norman B. Keevil Professor Emeritus of Ore Genesis Geology, the McRae-Quantec Professor Emeritus of Geoscience, Director of the Scotiabank Marine Geology Research Laboratory and the past chair of the Department of Geology (2001-2005) and of Geological and Mineral Engineering (1988-1997), all at the University of Toronto. He was educated at the University of Western Ontario (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and at Penn State (PhD).
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