An AMF-PGC International Study Tour
Developed & Managed by Porter GeoConsultancy
Nickel 2000
The Major Nickel Deposits of the World
May-June 2000
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The tour was divided into three Modules and five Parts.  Participants were able to take any one Part or Module, or combination of one or more.  Each Part and Module had a specific start and end point, as follows:


Part A, Yilgarn Sulphides & Laterites commenced in Perth Western Australia at 6:00 pm on Sunday 21 May and ended back in Perth at 7:15 pm on Friday 26 May 2000.
Part B, South-West Pacific Laterites commenced at the International Terminal at Sydney Airport, NSW for check-in on the 8:25 am Qantas flight to Noumea on Sunday 28 May, and ended back in Sydney, at 2:00 pm on Friday 2 June, 2000.


Part A, Caribbean Laterites commenced in Miami, Florida, USA at 8:00 pm on Sunday 4 June and ended back in Miami at 3:00 pm on Friday 9 June 2000.
Part B, Canadian Sulphides commenced in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada at 6:00 pm on Sunday 11 June and ended in Montreal, Quebec at  5:00 pm on Saturday 17 June, 2000.


Eurasian Sulphides commenced in Moscow, Russia, at 6:00 pm on Monday 19 June and ended in Beijing, China at 10:30 am on Wednesday 28 June, 2000.

Participants were responsible for their own travel to and from the start and end point of the Part, or block of Parts of the tour being taken, AND for travel between Modules eg. those taking the "tropical laterite block", namely Module 1 Part B and Module 2 Part A only, were required to find their own way to Sydney, Australia by the specified time to start Module 1 Part B, then arrange their own travel from Sydney, Australia to Miami, USA at the end of Module 1 Part B, to be in Miami, USA by the start of Module 2 Part A, and then home again from Miami at the end of Module 2 Part A. The AMF arranged all other travel during that period, including ground and air charter and scheduled airline travel. The cost of these were included the AMF Tour Fees and Air Fares (the latter were charged at cost, and were paid at the same time as the AMF Tour Fees).  The reason for the AMF not arranging inter-module travel is that it is more cost effective for participants to combine all of their international travel into a single package.

Similarly, all accommodation reservations were made by the AMF at group discount rates for the Parts and Modules being taken, between the start and end dates/times specified.  However all accommodation costs were paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT to the AMF.  Participants were also responsible for paying for their own meals and other personal incidentals while on tour.

Where participants took more than one Module, or the full tour, AMF's travel agent was able to arrange accommodation and travel between modules also, where required.  For some participants who started from Australia and were able to utilise round the world travel arrangements, AMF provided a full package of arrangements from their home base, at greatly reduced prices.

As part of the tour, participants received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to departure and during the trip. These covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation, as well as details of the individual deposits visited.  Prior to departure to join the tour each was also given a detailed itinerary with all accommodation information, including postal, phone and fax numbers and costs.

All arrangements on tour were made by the AMF.   All the participants were required to bring was their field gear, personal affects, and a credit card/travellers cheques to pay for accommodation and meals.

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For more information contact:   T M (Mike) Porter, of Porter GeoConsultancy   (

This was another of the International Study Tours designed, developed, organised and escorted by T M (Mike) Porter of Porter GeoConsultancy Pty Ltd (PGC) in joint venture with the Australian Mineral Foundation (AMF).  While the reputation and support of the AMF contributed to the establishment of the tours, after it ceased trading at the end of 2001, PGC has continued to develop, organise and manage the tour series.

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