Iron 2010
Major Iron Deposits of South Africa & Brazil
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[Brazil classroom workshop]

Brazil Workshop in Belo Horizonte.   The Brazilian segment of the tour commenced with a classroom workshop presented by renowned expert, Prof. Carlos Rosière of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (standing at the front of the room).   This workshop, which lasted from just after 8:00 am until after 6:00 in the evening, with a couple of short breaks, provided a context and background to the deposits visited in Brazil.   It included detail on the distribution and formation of iron formations and high grade iron ore deposits, as well as where the Brazilian deposits lie within the world context, from a spatial, temporal and ore genesis perspective.   The workshop also outlined the the setting of the major Brazilian iron provinces, both those to be visited (i.e., the Palaeoproterozoic deposits of the Quadrilátero Ferrífero in Minas Gerais and the Archaean Carajas district in Para) and others that were not on the itinerary (e.g., the Neoproterozoic Corumba plateau ores), as well as descriptions of their characteristics, geology and mineralisation.   Photographs by Mike Porter.

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