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Presented by Mineral Services Canada Inc.
The course is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the nature and origin of microdiamonds, their relationship to commercially relevant macrodiamonds and their effective use (and limitations) in the evaluation of primary diamond deposits. Participants with a working knowledge of the diamond industry will get the greatest benefit. Students are welcome.
Topics to be covered include:
•Diamond formation, characteristics and value
•Microdiamond characteristics and origin
•Diamond recovery methods - commercial recovery vs “total” dissolution and impacts on recovered diamond populations
•Geological controls on diamond distribution in primary diamond deposits
•Microdiamond size frequency distributions (SFD) and the relationship between microdiamonds and macrodiamonds
•Application of microdiamond data in resource evaluation
In addition to a full day of lectures on these topics, the course will include a half-day practical session in which delegates will examine sets of micro- and macrodiamonds and work with sieve data to assess diamond SFD and grade.
Mineral Services presenters:
•Dr John Gurney
•Dr Tom Nowicki
•Dr Maya Kopylova, University of British Columbia
•Dr Tom McCandless, MCC Geoscience Inc.
•Mike McCubbing, SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories Diamond Services
Professionals and Students: Full day lectures plus hald day practical session
Professionals: Full day lectures only
Early bird registration: before November 27