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Fermor Meeting 2011: Ore Deposits in an Evolving Earth

This conference brought together researchers to address topical subjects in mineral deposit studies viewed in the context of Earth evolution.

Mineral deposits are the source of the vast bulk of our metals, industrial minerals and materials. In addition to being key primary sources of wealth generation and vital for a burgeoning global population these deposits are also valuable windows through which to view aspects of Earth evolution. Because mineral deposits formed at various, often critical, stages in Earth history they preserve key evidence for early magmatic and tectonic processes, the state of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, and the evolution of life over geological time.


  • Evolution of the earth and ore deposits
  • Super-giant mineral deposits
  • Fluids from the core to the ore
  • Microbe – mineral interactions in ore processes
  • The future: limits to availability of mineral commodities
  • Dedicated student session

Speakers included:

  • Peter Cawood (University of St Andrews)
  • Richard Sillitoe (Independent Consultant)
  • Andreas Audétat (University of Bayreuth)
  • Gordon Southam (University of Western Ontario)
  • Thomas Graedel (Yale University)
  • Laurence Cathles (Cornell University)
  • Stephen Kesler (University of Michigan)


  • Adrian Boyce (SUERC, Glasgow)
  • Richard Herrington (Natural History Museum)
  • Iain McDonald (Cardiff University)
  • Martin Smith (University of Brighton)
  • Jamie Wilkinson (Imperial College London)
  • Gawen Jenkin (University of Leicester)
  • Paul Lusty (British Geological Survey)

Fermor Meeting 2011

Event Details

Date: 7-9 September 2011

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London


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