James M. Franklin
Future Mineral Resources Discoveries: New Knowledge Needed for Discovery
Jim Franklin is an exploration geologist with over 40 years of experience in the study of mineral deposits and regional metallogeny. He is a graduate of Carleton University (B.Sc., M.Sc) and the University of Western Ontario (PhD). After teaching at Lakehead University (1969–1975) and consulting for Noranda Inc. he joined the Geological Survey of Canada. There he directed major research programs on volcanogenic massive sulfide and gold deposits and coordinated the GSC’s marine minerals program that culminated in the discovery of a major deposit at Middle Valley on Canada’s Juan de Fuca Ridge. As chief geoscientist of the GSC from 1993 to 1997, he was responsible for coordinating GSC’s entire scientific program.
New, innovative mining and extractive technologies must be developed in Canada if we are to remain at the forefront of improvements in mineral discovery and processing. With satisfactory, quantitatively qualifiable criteria for all deposit types, we can assess broad scale ore potential using modern digital geological maps. Three-dimensional rendering techniques used for deep imaging of the earth are now adapted to explore shallow crystalline terrains. Advanced geochemical methods are providing much improved vectors to ore. New field-based analytical methods enable mapping of all but the lightest elements, as well as clay minerals. Developing quantitative models of ore-forming processes that can be applied at all scales will ensure the supply of metals needed for developing nations, and for improved quality of life everywhere.
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By Friday, October 28, 2011
Date: November 1, 2011
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