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Theme 1: Understanding regolith processes

Processes in regolith formation are currently inferred from descriptive documentation. There is a need to understand the phases and dynamics of chemical, organic, clastic and hydrological changes and then translate observations into process models. The nature and magnitude of these changes require investigation at all scales, in field and laboratory situations, in different environments and in both currently active and past regimes. These studies underpin the prediction of metal mobility, element transformations and the salt stores in regolith and groundwater. This theme elucidated processes in the formation of calcrete, silcrete, duricrusts, soils, sediments and hardpans. It forged a strong linkage between the two principle applications of mineral exploration (MINEX) and natural resource management (NRM).



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