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Karelian Gold Rush 2015 Jury Members
Structural geology, Ph.D., EurGeol, FGS, WSP Sweden
Paul Evins is an all-round geologist with nearly 20 years of mapping experience in Sweden, Finland, Australia, Canada, USA, Greenland and the Alps. In the resource sector Paul works with both mining and aggregate companies. His range of capabilities includes geological mapping on the regional to mine scale, structural core logging, structural analysis of rock bodies, geotechnical baseline reports and modelling, and isotopic, major and trace element microanalysis. Paul ground truths ore exploration models in the field and in drillcore. He creates new field databases as well as reviewing, validating, and interpreting geological and structural databases. His field observations have led to significant changes in exploration strategy in several deposit types. Paul has offered courses and personally trained exploration geologists in mapping and structural geology for a number of companies.
Geochemistry, Ph.D., EurGeol, DHGEO, Helvetica Exploration Services, Switzerland
Dr. Denis Martin Schlatter is a professional geologist and has now his own consultancy, “Helvetica Exploration Services GmbH”, based in Zürich, Switzerland with a client basis centered on Greenland and Scandinavia. He specializes particularly in geochemical exploration, lithogeochemical techniques, petrology and the application of facies mapping in mineral exploration.
Denis holds an MSc. in Geology from Neuchâtel University, Switzerland, and Tech. Licentiate and Ph.D. in ore Geology (on the Skellefteå mining district) from the Luleå University of Technology.
Denis has over 20 years experience in mineral exploration in industry, academia and government. This includes mineral exploration and ore deposit research as a geologist and geochemist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Boliden Mineral AB, Crew Development Corporation, Mindex ASA, Nunaoil A/S and NunaMinerals A/S.
Denis is a specialist in Archean and Paleoproterozoic Geology and the geological history of Greenland and a specialist in Paleoproterozoic Geology of the Fennoscandian shield. Denis has extensive experience from gold exploration in Archean and Paleoproterozoic Greenstone belts from Greenland and the Fennoscandian shield with focus upon processes of gold mineralisation and application of geochemical exploration techniques.
Denis has spent between 1996 and 2015 as an ore geologist 13 field seasons in Greenland, mainly for gold exploration. He was also the project leader for three large expeditions in South West Greenland for GEUS from 2008 to 2010 and was involved in discoveries of several new gold occurrences in South West Greenland. For Nunaoil A/S he was responsible project geologist from 1996 to 2001 in the development of the Nalunaq gold deposit in South Greenland for the Bankable Feasibility Studies.
Denis is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, a Fellow of the Association of Applied Geochemists and a member of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits. He is also a Chartered Geologist with the European Federation of Geologists (EurGeol; title 930) and a Chartered Geologist of the Swiss Association of Geologists (CHGEOLcert; title 728-2014) and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. Denis is member of the organizing committee of the NAC and NAC+ conferences and a SEG Student Chapter Industry Sponsor since 2013 at the St. Andrews University (Scotland). Denis has past experience from panel and jury work. In 2014 Denis was retained by Materials innovation institute ERA-MIN (Netherlands) as a Qualified Person, evaluator and rapporteur and he has reviewed research proposals for the ERA-MIN joint call and he has also co-chaired as an expert the Evaluation Board Meeting in Amsterdam. For GEUS, Denis was panel member in 2011, 2012 and 2014 for their mineral resource assessment workshops on gold, nickel and zinc. For GEUS, Denis has also been an expert panel member for the Greenlandic mineral hunting program “Ujarassiorit” in 2010.
Denis has authored and co-authored numerous scientific peer reviewed and popular articles about Greenlandic and Scandinavian ore Geology and has been retained as a reviewer for evaluating of manuscripts.
Denis has also provided abundant public talks and he is giving frequent lectures and he chairs sessions at international conferences. He also provides workshops on geochemical exploration technique to academia and industry. He lectures on Geology, ore Geology, Geochemistry and the exploration of the arctic regions and he is fluent in four languages (Swiss German, German, French, and English).
Geophysics, M.Sc., Independent Senior Geophysicist, Finland
Turo Ahokas graduated from Helsinki University of Technology, Mining and Metallurgy Department in 1973. His majors were applied geophysics and economical geology. He started professional career in Outokumpu Exploration as exploration geophysicist in 1973.
During years 1988 - 1991 he worked as ADP-designer (knowledge based systems) in Outokumpu Data Systems (later Carelcomp Oy). From 1991 to 2002 he worked as manager (owner) and consultant in GX Consulting. As a consultant he was responsible of supervising, modelling and reporting of different kind of geophysical exploration projects in Finland, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, etc. He also worked as consulting ADP-designer in projects concerning knowledge based systems.
During years 2002 – 2007 he worked for Posiva Oy, Finland as geophysicist coordinating geophysical investigations and taking care of geophysical characterizing of the site for nuclear waste repository, planning, ordering, controlling and modelling of geophysical measurements and budgeting geophysical activities.
During years 2007 – 2011 he worked in Pöyry Environment Oy (later Pöyry Finland Oy). The tasks in Pöyry consisted of expert consultancy for geophysical investigations, supervision, quality assurance, modelling and reporting applied geophysics in nuclear waste disposal site characterization and expert consultancy for geophysical modelling and reporting of exploration data.
His speciality is 3D-modelling (integrated modelling) of different kind of geophysical data. His magnetic modelling results helped the exploration group to discover the Enonkoski Laukunkangas nickel ore deposit (mined out) and his gravity modelling results were leading to the discovery of the Perttilahti and Kylylahti ore deposits (Kylylahti under mining today). He also worked as member in the geological modelling group of Posiva Oy for characterizing the nuclear waste disposal area in Olkiluoto, Finland, (especially locating the fractured zones).
Crowdsourcing and open source concepts are familiar to the greater public by Linus Torvalds with his Linux operating system for computers. The idea is to make the programing code open and public, so that anybody is able to study, develop and improve it. The idea has been tested also in mineral exploration.
A Canadian mining company, Goldcorp Inc. started an exploration contest in 2000 by publishing its geological database. The competition was based on the concept of crowdsourcing. Anyone was able to look and analyse the data and come up with own ideas for exploration targets. The contest produced over 100 proposals for exploration targets of which 50% were previously unknown to the company. From these new targets 80% “struck gold” and yielded significant gold reserves, a total of 8 million ounces was found. The company market value rose from $100 million to $9 billion.
Karelian Gold Rush 2015
Endomines Oy has taken the initiative to organize an exploration challenge – Karelian Gold Rush 2015 – based on the crowdsourcing concept. By publishing all relevant data from over 30 years of exploration to the public, Endomines challenges the scientific, geological and mining communities to search for the next big gold discovery at the Karelian Gold line. The 40 km-long Karelian Gold line is located at Hattu Schist Belt, within an Archaean Ilomantsi Greenstone Belt in eastern Finland. The underexplored region is hosting two operating mines, several gold mineralisation and has a great potential for new discoveries.
The competition material includes among other data drill core data from 2,500 drill holes totalling 191 km, geochemical till and soil data from 130,000 samples, SkyTEM heliborne time domain electromagnetic and magnetic survey, other ground and aerial geophysical surveys and internal exploration reports.
The data can be viewed on different map layers on the LouhiGold map service at HTTP://LOUHIGOLD.SITO.FI/ provided in co-operation with Sito. Teaser version is open for everybody and all data will be available for the registered participants.
The challenge was launched in Toronto, Canada, at PDAC2015 in March, 2015. Registration opened on September 1st and the data will be made public on November 4th (13:30 GMT+2) at the Endomines Booth (A11) at the FEM 2015meeting in Levi, Finland. All data will be simultaneously available for download from the official website at goldrush.endomines.com. The exploration target proposals are due to submission by January 15th, 2016. Entries will be judged by an international jury of independent professionals. The winning proposals will be announced at the PDAC2016 in March 2016 in Toronto, Canada.
Participating groups or individuals should look and analyse the data with an open mind and out-of-box thinking, and come up with their own exploration target proposals. You don’t have to be a professional to participate, the competition is open to everybody, Individuals, Groups, Universities, Geologists, Mathematicians, Chemists, Physicists, Consultants, etc.
The winning proposal will be rewarded with 40,000€. The second will get 20,000€ and the third 10,000€. Five runners-up will be rewarded each with 2,000€.
The data cover drill core data from over 1,000 holes totalling over 75 km, geochemical till and soil data covering the 40 km-long Karelian Gold Line, geophysical data, internal exploration and reports.
The 40 km-long Karelian Gold Line is part of the Ilomantsi-Kostamuksha greenstone belt, in the Archean Karelian Province of the Fennoscandian shield. Several orogenic gold deposits occur within the belt. Two are currently in production, Pampalo and Rämepuro (Endomines Oy).
Gold was first discovered in the belt in 1970, in glacial boulders. The Geological Survey of Finland explored the area in late 1980’s and early 1990’s, generating numerous targets. In the late 1990’s, Outokumpu Oy test mined at Pampalo, extracting 115,000 tonnes @ 15.5 grams/tonne Au. Endomines Oy started production at Pampalo in 2011.
The region is underexplored and shows great potential!
For the next exploration target and become the winner of the Karelian Gold Rush 2015 Exploration Challenge! Entries will be judged by an international jury of independent professionals.
The winner of the competition will be awarded 40 000 euros. The second competitor will get 20 000 euros and third 10 000 euros. We will also award competitors from places 4-8th by 2000 euros each.