The Pilbara's Conglomerate Gold

Author(s): 
Stuart Munroe & Michael Cunningham
Date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2018
First presented: 
First published in Australian Resources and Investment, Volume 12, No. 2
Type: 
Article
Category: 
Geology

Conglomerate-hosted gold has recently been discovered in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. These conglomerate-hosted discoveries represent a different style of gold mineralisation to deposits in other parts of the country and have been found over an extensive area, opening up an expanse of potentially prospective ground.

In this article, geologists Stuart Munroe and Michael Cunningham discuss the opportunities and challenges in exploration and sampling of conglomerate-hosted gold.

Feature Author

Mike Cunningham

Michael has over 15 years’ experience as a geologist. He completed a PhD in post-Variscan tectonics (Ireland) and later completed two years of postdoctoral research into evaluating and modelling active oceanic slope processes. Mike has also worked in both Irish and British civil services where he was involved in shallow seabed mapping, GIS and software development. Mike’s experience with SRK includes projects in Australia and overseas (Indonesia, Lao, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tanzania, Congo, Liberia and Malaysia), and on a variety of commodities including graphite, gold, uranium, iron and potash. He has conducted 3D modelling of vein, epithermal and banded iron formation styles of mineralisation,m and Mineral Resource and exploration target estimates in accordance with JORC Code (2012) reporting guidelines.

Principal Consultant (Geology)
PhD (Geology), MAIG, MAusIMM
SRK Perth
Stuart Munroe

Stuart is a structural geologist with 25 years’ experience. In his professional career, he has consulted on a wide range of geological evaluation projects for mining and exploration companies. For the past nine years, Stuart managed exploration projects and pre-development studies with a gold focus and provided technical advice at a corporate level. In addition, Stuart has been involved in growth through acquisition, involving due diligence and identification of potential upside. As a structural geologist, he was involved in detailed studies of controls on mineralisation, resource model assessment, technical due diligence, independent expert’s reporting and strategic planning.

Principal Consultant (Project Evaluations)
GDip AppFinInv, PhD (Structural Geology), BSc (Hons) (Geology), MAusIMM
SRK Sydney
SRK Worldwide