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Researcher: Fox, N (Dr Nathan Fox)

Fields of Research

Exploration Geochemistry
Ore Deposit Petrology
Geology
Inorganic Geochemistry
Geochemistry
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Geochronology
Environmental Management
Mineral Processing/Beneficiation
Mineralogy and Crystallography
Natural Resource Management

Research Objectives

Mining Land and Water Management
Copper Ore Exploration
Precious (Noble) Metal Ore Exploration
Mineral Exploration
Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Mining and Extraction of Zinc Ores
Primary Mining and Extraction of Mineral Resources
Management of Solid Waste from Mineral Resource Activities
Mining and Extraction of Copper Ores
Mining and Extraction of Precious (Noble) Metal Ores
First Stage Treatment of Ores and Minerals
Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A new test for plant bioaccessibility in sulphidic wastes and soils: a case study for the Wheal Maid historic tailings repository in Cornwall, UK; Science of The Total Environment
Applications of hyperspectral mineralogy for geoenvironmental characterisation; Minerals Engineering
Applications of hyperspectral mineralogy for geoenvironmental characterisation; Sustainable Minerals 2016
Assessing acid rock drainage potential of footwall materials at the Rosebery Mine, Tasmania
Assessing geo-environmental risk using intact materials for early life-of-mine planning a review of established techniques and emerging tools; From Start to Finish: a Life-of-Mine Perspective
Bingham Canyon
Blind test site Anglo American
Chemical Staining Techniques for Drill Core Characterization; Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining
Chlorite comes of age: a key tool for exploring in greenrocks
Contrasting mineralisation and alteration styles and a possible alkalic lithocap at the Cadia East porphyry Au-Cu deposit, NSW, Australia; 33rd International Geological Congress
Controls on mineralization and alteration at the giant Cadia East porphyry Au-Cu deposit, NSW, Australia; 34th International Geological Congress
Controls on mineralization and alteration at the giant Cadia East porphyry Au-Cu deposit, NSW, Australia; Society of Economic Geologists, Integrated Exploration and Ore Deposits
Critical and deleterious metal deportment in sulfidic waste rocks, Baal Gammon, north Queensland; 3rd AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference 2016
Determining bioaccessibility risks at the historic Aberfoyle tailings site, northeast Tasmania: opportunities for effective rehabilitation; 2017 Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage
Eldorado gold: green rock blind test
Enhanced geochemical targeting in magmatic-hydrothermal systems
Epidote synthesis
Epidote synthesis
Evaluating applications of bed and fly ash for controlling acid and metalliferous drainage - examples from Tasmanian mine sites; 2017 Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage
Evaluating applications of bed and fly ash for controlling acid and metalliferous drainage examples from Tasmanian mine wastes; Life-of-Mine 2016 Conference
Evaluation of NAG pH testing: Tracking reaction pathways and products
Evaluation of NAG pH testing: Tracking reaction pathways and products
Executive summary AMIRA project P1060: enhanced geochemical targeting in magmatic-hydrothermal systems
Exploring the porphyry environment: Cadia Valley green rock case study final report, March 2015
Fingerprinting environmental impacts of mining a test for plant bioaccessibility; 3rd AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference 2016
Geochemical and mineralogical characterisation of the abandoned Scotia mine, Northern Tasmania
Geochronological, geochemical and Pb isotopic compositions of Tasmanian granites (southeast Australia): controls on petrogenesis, geodynamic evolution and tin mineralisation; Gondwana Research
Geometallurgical evaluations of mine waste an example from the Old Tailings Dam, Savage River, Tasmania; 3rd AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference 2016
Green rock blind test - BHP Billiton
Hydrothermal fluid sources in the development of shallow potassic-sodic alteration at the Cadia East alkalic porphyry Au-Cu deposit, NSW; 10th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits
Improved mine waste characterisation through static blended test work; Minerals Engineering
Improved mine waste characterisation through static blended test work; Process Mineralogy 17
Intrinsic neutralisation potential from automated drillcore logging for improved geoenvironmental domaining; 2017 Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage
Kinetic trials of Scotia mine tailings: testing the application of a lime cover
La Americana Cu-Mo deposit, Chile
La Colosa porphyry Au deposit, Colombia
La Colosa porphyry-Au deposit, Colombia
La Colosa porphyry-Au deposit, Colombia Fieldwork report October 2011
Magnetite: pointing the way for porphyry explorers
Marine volcanosedimentary basins hosting porphyry Au-Cu deposits, Cadia Valley, New South Wales, Australia; Economic Geology
Microanalytical techniques for characterising critical metal deportment in mine materials; Process Mineralogy 17
Mineral characterization of Peruvian Blend zinc concentrate
Mineralogy of Rosebery Concentrate P300 and P75
P1060 - achievements and explorers' toolbox
Porphyry Au-Cu mineralization controlled by reactivation of an arc-transverse volcanosedimentary subbasin; Geology
Prediction of Leachate Quality for a Gossan Dump, Angostura, Spain; Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining
Prediction of Metal Mobility from Sulfidic Waste Rocks Using Micro-analytical Tools, Baal Gammon, Northern Australia; Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining
Prediction of Metal Mobility from Sulfidic Waste Rocks Using Micro-Analytical Tools, Spray, Tasmania; Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining
Random Forest classification of pyrite trace element composition to identify ore deposit type in far-field exploration and vectoring; Society of Economic Geologists Conference 2017
Repeat of mineral liberation analysis of cassiterite, chalcopyrite, pyrrhotite, arsenopyrite, siderite, wolframite, and tourmaline in 9 samples
San Francisco de los Andes, Argentina
San Francisco de los Andes, Argentina
San Francisco de los Andes, Argentina (Rio Blanco-Los Bronces, Chile)
Savage River Mine Long Plains kinetic trials: interim report 1
Savage River Mine Long Plains Kinetic Trials: Interim Report 2
Savage River Mine Long Plains Kinetic Trials: Interim Report 3
Savage River Mine Long Plains Kinetic Trials: Interim Report 4
Sn mineralisation-related slushy textures in the Heemskirk Granite in Western Tasmania, Australia; Future Understanding of Tectonics, Ores, Resources, Environment and Sustainability.
Structural controls on the formation of the Cadia East porphyry Au-Cu deposit, NSW, Australia; 34th International Geological Congress
Tourmaline as an indicator of hydrothermal fluid sources at the Cadia East alkalic porphyry Au-Cu deposit and comparisons with IOCG and other porphyry deposits; Geochemistry of Mineral Deposits
Tourmaline cemented breccia: San Francisco de los Andes, Argentina Rio Blanco-Los Bronces, Chile
Tourmaline-rich features in the Heemskirk and Pieman Heads granites from western Tasmania, Australia: characteristics, origins, and implications for tin mineralization; American Mineralogist
Using pyrite to vector towards porphyry and epithermal mineralisation
Volatile exsolution in Western Tasmanian Sn granites: insights from mineral textures and stable isotopes; SEG International Exposition and 84th Annual Meeting
Volcanotectonic setting of world-class alkalic porphyry and epithermal Au Cu deposits of the southwest Pacific; Tectonics, Metallogeny, and Discovery: The North American Cordillera and Similar Accretionary Settings
Whole rock geochemistry - lessons learned from exploration

Research Projects

Magmatic-hydrothermal volatile exsolution and mineralisation in Tasmanian Sn granites; Society of Economic Geologists Foundation Inc (SEGF)
Site-based mineralogical and geochemical characterisation using portable laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS); Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)
Mineralogical and geochemical characterization of historical slag
Predictive geometallurgy controls on grade by size

Research Candidate Supervision

Develop quantitative and predictive geometallurgical models through characterisation of the ore(s) and altered rocks at the Productora IOCG deposit, Chile, in order to facilitate modelling and prediction of processing behaviour.