19th biennial conference

September 27-October 3, 2004

Adelaide, South Australia

CSIRO Land and Water, Seminar Room, Waite Campus, Waite Road, Urrbrae, South Australia.


Clay Mineralogy & Geophysics for Environmental Management & Mineral Exploration

Turning Theory into Practice & Toys into Tools


Monday 27th September.

Technical lectures: Presenting practical principals of mineralogy geophysics and remote-sensing techniques by leaders in the field.

Hands-on field practical

Tuesday 28th September

Applying principals from day 1; linking clay mineralogy and geophysical techniques to problems in mineral exploration and environmental management in the Adelaide Hills.Workshop and Conference on

The workshop and conference are intended to bring together Australian and International researchers, consultants and students with interests in clay mineralogy, geophysics, soil science, environmental science and geology.

Technical lectures (day 1) by leaders in clay mineralogy & geophysics will demonstrate how these two divergent fields can be usefully combined to enhance the efficiency of geophysics & remote sensing for mineral exploration and to improve environmental management and risk assessment.

During the field practical in the Mt Lofty Ranges (day 2), which will incorporate a Pb-Zn deposit, degraded wetlands (acid sulfate soils), soils (saline and eroded) and streams (polluted), learn to link geophysical and mineralogical data, which can be used to deduce subsurface geochemical processes and understand how specific properties of clay minerals (silicates, oxyhydroxides, sulfides, etc) impact results and interpretations. Gain hands-on training in the use of field-portable geophysical and mineralogical equipment, including infrared, magnetics, radiometrics, and visual techniques.

These themes will be extended into symposia during the conference and mid- and post-conference field trips



Wednesday 29th September

Clay mineralogy, geophysics incorporating remote sensing, mineral exploration and environmental management.

Friday 1st October

Applications of clays in industry and technology and general papers in clay science.
Mid-Conference Field Trip

Thursday 30th September

Acid Sulfate Soils & Landscape Evolution of Adelaide Coastal Environments
Conference Dinner.

Thursday 30th September at 7:30 pm


Post Conference Field Trip

Saturday 2nd October

Diamond Host Rocks and Land Degradation:
Adelaide to Clare to Port Pirie to Spalding Overnight in the Mid-North of South Australia

Sunday 3rd October

Spalding to Lower Flinders to Adelaide.