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In Geoscience Radio’s first podcast, we delve into the discovery of the Tropicana gold deposit. We talk to Bruce Kendall of Blackham Resources (previously Senior Geologist at AngloGold Ashanti during the discovery period) and discuss the exploration that went into this amazing discovery and hear about the events that were important in getting there.
The story of Tropicana began in 1993 with the discovery of the Voisey’s Bay Ni-Cu-Co deposit. The discovery of this world-class deposit set off a chain of events that would eventually lead to the discovery of one of Western Australia’s most significant gold discoveries in recent history.
The deposit (and now mine) is located on the eastern margin of the Yilgarn craton, 330 Km ENE of Kalgoorlie and is jointly owned by AngloGold Ashanti and Independence Group NL.
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