Venue: Perth, Western Australia
Travel report by Dr Sankaran Rajendran
I am very grateful to the Organising Committee of the 4th International Archaean Symposium which was held between 24-28 September 2001 in Perth, Western Australia for providing me with all the necessary for my attendance. I was able to present my research paper, co-authored by Dr. V.A.Chandrasekaran, on “Need for the study on upgrading the banded magnetite quartzites of parts of Tamil Nadu State, India”.
I thank the organisers for providing the major financial support of JH Lord Travel Grant and Mr John Bunting for providing billeted accommodation for the duration of 4IAS. This financial and logistical support was most useful and I could not have attended otherwise. As I am a young scientist working in the field relevant to 4IAS, this exposure at the international level was only achieved through this immense support.
I had a pleasant stay in Perth and was fully occupied by the well-constructed useful technical sessions of the 4IAS programme. This participation has updated me to the current knowledge of work in my research study. The knowledge I gained is useful to my research project entitled “Geochemical Modeling of Iron Ore Deposits of Godumalai and Tattayyangarpettai Regions of part of Tamil Nadu State, India” sanctioned by Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
The oral as well as the poster sessions were well constructed in order that registrants could attend all the themes of presentation. I mingled with other scientists of world renown and had very useful discussions. Especially, I had very fruitful discussions of some of my research problems with the Emeritus scientist Prof. AlecTrendall.
In general, all the sessions of the 4IAS were good. I was attracted by the valuable lectures of the mineralisation theme, in which my paper was presented as a poster. This theme was concerned with the international economic importance of minerals and ore deposits. As the Indian counterpart and important to world mineral and ore resources, I presented the extended abstract of my research work on the iron ore deposits of Godumalai and Tattayyangarpettai regions of part of Tamil Nadu State, India. The study emphasizes by giving importance to low grade magnetite quartzite iron ore deposits of granulite region in order to upgrade the deposits. In the study, the important two deposits are summarised with reference to their field, physical, chemical and economical characters as given below. I acknowledge the Ministry of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India for providing the financial support to carried out this research work.
The symposium satisfied all my expectations and challenged me to undertake new fields of research in the future.