The Macquarie Arc Conference, currently being held at Turners Vineyard Convention Centre in Orange, has attracted a strong field of international guests, the NSW Department of Primary Industries said in a statement.
The conference is the third in a series of arc conferences with the previous two held in Taiwan and in the Ural Mountains of Ufa during 2008.
The Minister for Minerals Resources Ian Macdonald said hosting the conference was a major coup for Orange.
“There was very tough competition from Europe and Ireland but Orange won the conference not only because it’s a major mining and mineral exploration centre but also because Orange has a well understood and well preserved island arc” he said.
The conference, which concludes on Tuesday 21 March, discusses how older island arcs, tens to hundreds of millions years old, have collided in the past with continents as well as how and where mineral deposits form in these old, collided island arcs.
“These themes are very relevant to the economic development of NSW, since most of the gold and copper in this State comes from 2 belts of island arc rocks in the Central West of the state” Macdonald said.