The CSIRO Organic Geochemistry of Mineral Systems Cluster has been officially launched  at Curtin University’s Resources and Chemistry Precinct.

Led by Director of WA-Organic and Isotope Geochemistry at Curtin, Professor Kliti Grice, the Cluster team will combine local mineral system knowledge with internationally recognised skills in organic geochemistry to provide the latest tools and technologies to assist Australia’s mineral explorers.

Professor Grice said the combination of expertise would build a unique base in Australia that would work to understand the crucial role played by organic compounds and processes in the formation of Australia’s major metal deposits.

Canada’s Fraser Institute has released its findings for the 2011/12 survey of mining companies, finding that both the Northern Territory and Western Australia have made significant improvements in their attractiveness to potential mining investors.

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