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Small-scale faults lead to golden finds in the mines of Western Australia

Identifying the spatial relationship between geological features, such as fault lines and gold traces, is not only important to understand how deposits form, but could lead to a whole new era of predictive mineral maps. Authors of a new study at St Ives Goldfields in Western Australia, Zheng-Xiang Li from Curtin University and his colleague, Dr Carsten Laukamp, from CSIRO, explain why small-fault lines are more likely to produce gold than larger ones and which techniques are best to find deposits.

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