Speaker Spotlight: Rich Goldfarb

14 February 2019

Richard J. Goldfarb was a research geologist with the Minerals Program of the U.S. Geological Survey for 36 years. He has conducted studies on the distribution of gold deposits throughout the world, compiling comprehensive global descriptions of their spatial-temporal setting and evaluating their ore controlling factors. You can read his full bio here.

Presently, he is a research professor at the Colorado School of Mines and China University of Geosciences Beijing, as well as an independent consultant to the exploration and mining industry.

Rich will present his paper Geological Evolution of China and the Resulting Spatial-Temporal Distribution of Gold Resources on Friday 5 April, 2019.

We recently asked Rich some questions about PACRIM. See his answers below:

1. Can you provide an insight into what your presentation will cover at PACRIM 2019?

China has become the world’s largest gold producer and now produces 1/6th of the world’s gold annually. This presentation will describe the main types of gold deposits in China and relate these to the growth of the Asian continent. The talk will describe how numerous ocean basins have closed between Precambrian blocks that comprise the backbone of China and how subsequent Paleo-Pacific events have all combined to form a variety of world-class gold belts in this part of the Circum-Pacific.

2. What do you hope delegates will learn/take away from your presentation?

Attendees hopefully will be less confused about what really is China’s gold endowment, what is its future gold potential, where the best places to explore are located in this part of the Pacific Rim, and how the evolution of China defines the distribution of its gold provinces.

3. What are you looking forward to most about PACRIM?

Catching up with many old friends from numerous countries.

4. What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?

Dealing with the bureaucracy of the federal government as a long-term research scientist in the USGS.

5. What advice would you give to a young professional beginning their career in the resources sector?

Development of field skills is essential. As a young person in the minerals industry, you will learn about metallic ore deposits over time, but a strong background in geological mapping and structural geology will do a great deal to assure you of a successful career in the mineral industry or ore deposits research.

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