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Registration Open! – Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources – IAH Western Australia Annual Seminar


It is with great pleasure that we announce the early-bird registrations for the 2015 Seminar – Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources are now open!!! This seminar will be held on June, 8-9 at the Parmelia Hilton in the Perth CBD.

Program, more information and registration details can be found at

Co-convened by the Western Australia branches of IAH, SPE and ASEG

Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014 – Newcastle

The Geological Society of Australia presents the Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014.

AESC 2014 will be held in Newcastle, based around the themes of energy, basin geology, geodynam­ics, resources the environment, the geological record of life, and the role of the Earth Sciences in the community. Dedicated symposia include the 39th Symposium on the Advances in the Study of the Sydney Basin and Comparisons & Contrasts in Circum-Pacific Orogens.

As a supporter of the conference, IAH invites you to participate in the AESC 2014 convention in Newcastle. For more information on groundwater related streams, how to submit your abstract, submission deadline, accommodation and transport in Newcastle visit the official page for the convention. We look forward to seeing you there.

WA 2012 AGM and Student Night

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — time for the National and Western Australian chapter’s annual general meeting and student night.  Come along and devour a delicious free meal, learn about what’s been going on last year and prospects for 2013, vote for next year’s officers, and be entertained and educated by research presentations.

The event will be on Monday 26 November 2012 from 5:15 pm to 8 pm.  The venue is City West Reception Centre, 45 Plaistowe Mews, West Perth, 6005. A map is shown below; free parking permits are available on the night for parking underneath City West / Scitech.

Please see the attached AGM and Student Night Agenda 2012.

To register, please email Mariajose Romero-Segura at to ensure your place at the table.
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 Abstracts for Student Presentations:

Mike Bartlett, UWA MSc Hydrogeology:  Water and Salt Dynamics in Arid Zone Soils Using HYDRUS‑1D

This study investigates the unsaturated/saturated water and salt dynamics of soil profiles of various material types typically found in arid zone environments such as the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. HYDRUS-1D modelling software was used to simulate the water storage and salt accumulation characteristics of various soil materials in response to various stimuli including precipitation, evaporation, evapotranspiration, plant root uptake and freshwater inundation events.

The study investigates the comparative plant root zone salt accumulation for various soil types (sand, silty loam, sandy clay and clay) in response to simulated prolonged current climatic conditions. The relative improvement in root zone salt concentrations in response to freshwater surface inundation and subsequent flushing of the salt affected profile is also investigated. Finally the effect of salt diffusion between saline and fresh water in the saturated profile was investigated using a literature derived value for the salt diffusion coefficient.

The results of this study indicate that the accumulation of salt in the root zone is much greater for the sand and silty loam profile than for the sandy clay and clay profiles. Modelling results also indicate that the improvement in root zone salt concentrations following a freshwater surface inundation event are much greater for the sand and silty loam profiles than for the sandy clay and clay profiles. The results of salt diffusion modelling indicate that soil type does not significantly affect the degree to which underlying saline groundwater will diffuse salt into overlying freshwater. Therefore this process is unlikely to influence the effectiveness of salt flushing achieved by freshwater inundation.

Michael Carroll, UWA MSc Hydrogeology: The influence of palaeochannel morphology on the hydrogeology of the Solomon CID – a spatial analysis application

The Solomon CID is a palaeochannel aquifer system coincident with an iron ore mine under construction. The aquifer will be dewatered, and this research aimed to develop new tools for analysing this type of aquifer system.

Surfaces representing the top of bedrock, Lower CID and Upper CID were generated from resource exploration data. Spatial analysis of the surfaces resulted in mathematical equations representing the morphological features of the channel’s aquifers. The influence of channel morphology on hydraulic conductivity was tested. No clear correlations were determined from the study, although the techniques developed have potential for discrete modelling of water balance components within a palaeochannel or strip aquifer system.



34th International Geological Congress (IGC): AUSTRALIA 2012

The Australian Geoscience Council invites you to the 34th Session of the International Geological Congress (IGC), in Brisbane,  in August 2012 for what promises to be an intellectually stimulating and socially memorable Congress.

The IGC was first held in 1878, and the Oceania region has only hosted the event once in its prestigious history. High level political and scientific support secured in Australia and New Zealand for the Congress will underpin this outstanding event.

Under the theme “Unearthing our Past and Future” the IGC will showcase the Oceania region’s geoscience strengths, innovations and natural wonders, through an exciting range of pre and post Congress field trips. Continue Reading →

IMWA Annual Conference 2012

Mining intensity and scale is on the increase worldwide. Water shortages resulting from climate change, pollution and increased demand, mean that understanding and managing waters in and around mining activity has never been so vital to environment and society.

You are invited to attend the International Mine Water Association’s (IMWA) 2012 conference in one of the southern hemisphere’s powerhouses of mining; Western Australia. A vast dry landscape of numerous mineable resources from iron and copper, to gold and uranium, with water challenges and an innovative mining industry. This event will showcase the latest mine water management solutions the international community has to offer. Continue Reading →