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[At Fosterville]
At Fosterville - Early on the morning of Wednesday 6 November, the group checked out from their Tullamarine Airport hotel and were driven north in a well appointed charter minivan to the Kirkland Lake Gold Fosterville, ~20 km east of Bendigo. Tullamarine is on the northern fringes of Melbourne, so virtually all suburban transit was avoided and they were on site by 9:00 am after a drive of a little under 2 hours. After arrival and induction, the group was taken to overlook the old Fosterville oxide pit, which was being worked when the site was visited by the OzGold '97 group more than 20 years earlier. From there (upper right) they could be given an impression of the geological setting and could see the decline portal (upper left) to the current, much deeper sulphide ores. Subsequently they were returned to the mine office for a comprehensive presentation (bottom right) on the setting, geology, structure, mineralisation and alteration of the deposit, from regional to lode scale, with ample opportunity for discussion with experienced Kirkland Lake geologists. Following a lunch break with mine geologists, one of the tour members delivered a 40 minute presentation on a deposit in Canada being developed by his company for the assembled mine and exploration geologists before continuing with the visit.     Images by Mike Porter.

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