An AMF-PGC International Study Tour
Developed & Managed by Porter GeoConsultancy
Pacific Gold '99
Major Gold Deposits of the Western Pacific
September, 1999
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This joint tour, supported by the Geological Society of South Africa, the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada, ADIMB (Brazil) and the Australian Mineral Foundation, was managed by PGC on behalf of all parties.

Image: Gold Quarry Pit, Nevada, USA.    
[Gold Quarry Pit, Nevada, USA] TOUR ARRANGEMENTS

This tour was available at discount prices to members of the GSSA, GAC/MDD, ADIMB and AMF.

The tour was divided into two parts. Participants could take either or both.

Preference was given to AMF, GAC/MDD, ADIMB and GSSA Members, by date order of receipt of a completed registration form.

It was the responsibility of the participants to make their own arrangements to arrive at the start point of each module and to assemble at the specified start point in time for the introductory meeting.

At the end point of each part, again, it was the responsibility of each participant to make their own arrangements to return 'home'.

From the start to the end of each part of the tour Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) made all arrangements, including air and surface travel, accommodation reservations, mine visits, expert briefings and workshops.

Air travel between the start and end points of the tour was arranged by PGC. This was by either charter aircraft, or by commercial flights. Charter flights were included in the tour price, while discounts were arranged where possible for the commercial flights and charged at cost to participants with the tour fees.

Accommodation reservations were made by PGC at group discount rates, but had to be paid by the participants on checkout. Participants were also responsible for paying for their meals and other personal incidentals while on tour.

The tour was escorted throughout by experienced geologist Mike Porter of Porter GeoConsultancy Pty Ltd who designed, organised and managed the tour. He was responsible for facilitating all aspects of the tour. The learning came from interaction with the mine staff conducting individual visits, international and local experts who presented workshops, expert consultants accompanying sections of the tour and from discussion between the experienced geologists from around the world that comprised the participants.

As part of the tour, participants received a comprehensive set of literature to read. These published papers which covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation, as well as details of the individual deposits to be visited are included in these web pages. Prior to departure to join the tour participants were also be given a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including postal, phone and fax numbers and costs. All they needed bring was their field gear, personal affects, and a credit card/travellers cheques or cash to pay for accommodation, meals and personal incidentals.

The itinerary was very compact and demanding to get the maximum value for participants time and dollar. However sufficient rest days were included to avoid fatigue and saturation.

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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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