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Dr Charlie Moon

Honorary Senior research Fellow



BSc and ARSM, Mining Geology, Imperial College, 1972.
PhD and DIC, Applied Geochemistry, Imperial College. 1983.


Fellow Geological Society London
Member Association of Applied Geochemists
Member Geological Society of South Africa
Member Irish Association of Economic Geologists
Member Society of Economic Geologists
Member Society of Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits
Member Ussher Society


2005- Teaching Fellow, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK and Independent Consulting Geologist

1983-2005 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Mineral Exploration, Geology Dept, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

Mineral deposit, exploration and environmental geology (base metals, gold and gemstones) in more than 30 countries, covering operations at more than 110 mines and major prospects worldwide. Special expertise in Tethyan areas - Turkey, Georgia, Pakistan. Located new areas of mineralisation in northern Pakistan, Turkey and UK, as well as successful orientation studies. Integrated geochemistry into GIS studies in exploration and environmental studies.

Course Director MSc in Mineral Exploration, 1997-2001. Supervised 8 PhD and 2 MPhil studies.

1980-1983 Research Assistant, Applied Geochemistry Research Group, Dept of Geology, Imperial College, London

Sampling, laboratory analysis, and interpretation: of soils, stream sediments, waters and rocks. Demonstrated usefulness of hydride generation/ICP-ES to As, Sb, Bi, Se, Te analysis for mineral exploration.

1976-1979 Geologist Esso Minerals Africa Inc, Sandton and Beaufort West, South Africa
Prospect generation and evaluation of sandstone uranium deposits. Exploration geologist, Karoo Uranium – key role in three discoveries, including Rystkuil - largest discovery in main Karoo Basin to date (~20,000 t U3O8). Responsible for organising large scale drilling program, logging and interpretation of grade and geological controls on mineralization.

1973-1976 Geologist, Minerals Section, Geological Survey of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

Research on uranium deposits – Karoo and NW Cape, South Africa. Follow up of airborne geophysics for sandstone and calcrete uranium. Investigation of petrography and geochemistry.


Research interests and recent research/ commercial projects

Uranium geology of the Baltic States (junior mining company).

MIneral rights ownership UK (junior mining company)

Evaluating coarse gold prospects, Spain (junior mining company)

Mineral deposits styles, Zambian and Namibian copper (junior mining company)

Near surface and glacial geochemistry, Ireland (mining company)

Tin-tungsten resources and radon-uranium relationship in SW England using GIS.

Use of QEMSCAN in exploration geochemistry

Iron ore geology

Exploration and environmental geochemistry in SW England especially low abundance elements such as indium.

Geology and mineral deposits of NE Turkey and Georgia (INTAS; Black Sea Technical University, Trabzon; Institute of Geology, Tbilisi; University of Isparta).

Geology and mineral deposits of N Pakistan; manganese, emeralds, gold, tungsten (Commonwealth, University of Peshawar)

Mineral exploration activity and effectiveness

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