Geology Tips

 Geological Tip No. 1

Contrary to popular belief, regional geological mapping of any area is not done to find minerals of value but to prove that there are none.”
The Paradox is – “IF YOU FAIL, YOU SUCCEED.”        

  ( Fuzail Siddiqui Phd, P.Geo  11 May 2015)

 Geological Tip No. 2


A man floating along in a hot air balloon began to realise he was lost.
He reduced his altitude and spotted a person below. He descended a
little more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a
friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”
The stranger replied, “You are in a hot air balloon hovering
approximately 30 feet above a late Cambrian volcaniclastic sedimentary
sequence, 2.7 km west of the Henty River Fault.”
“You must be a geologist”, said the balloonist.
“I am,” replied the stranger, “How did you know?”
“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically
correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information and the
fact is I am still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been of much help so far.”
The stranger below responded, “You must be a Mining Engineer.”
“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”
“Well,” said the stranger, “you don’t know where you are or where you
are going. You have risen to where you are through a large quantity of
hot air. You made a promise to someone that you have no idea how to
keep and you expect me to solve your problem, but you really aren’t
interested in the information I’m providing. The fact is you are in
exactly the same situation you were before we met, but now, somehow,
it’s my fault.”


Corporate Lesson: The two professions are complimentary but not interchangeable. Know and respect each other’s roles and learn each other’s needs in communication. Live and let live and avoid falling victim to divide and rule, if you know what is good for both professions.


  ( Fuzail Siddiqui Phd, P.Geo 10 August 2015)

Geological Tip No. 3

Q: “Can you name a mineral that forms crystals of tetrahedral habit ?”

Click here to find the answer

( Fuzail Siddiqui Phd, P.Geo 20 August 2015)

 Geological Tip No. 4

Taking an average of greatly different assay values on the same sample may be misleading:

“If a man puts his head in a freezer and his feet in an oven, on average he is comfortable”!        


 Geological Tip No. 5

The Commonwealth Liason Officer was approached by a mine owner who asked the CLO to find him a one armed geologist.”Why on the earth would you want a one armed geologist?” asked the CLO, perplexed. “Well, every time I take my geologist to the mine and ask him which way did the vein go, he replied, on one had it could be this way but on the other hand… .”

  (A True Story)

 Geological Tip No. 6

“You guys are useless”, said the mining engineer to a geologist. “Your predictions never get it quite right, do they?” “Its all very well for you”, said geologist. “You have your mining plans to mine but I have to look into the mind of God for all the vast spaces between the sampled points. How about switching roles to see if you can do a better job of predicting ? You did geology at school too, didn’t you?” “Thanks, but no thanks”, said the mining engineer as he declined ‘the challenge’ gracefully.

  (A true Story)

 Geological Tip No. 7

      “I have no special talent. I am only curious and passionate ….


 Geological Tip No. 8

      “You are not significant, what is significant is your work. 

                                                                                                                                                                                  (Prof. Norman Roy Martin PhD.)
Head of UNESO Mission & Founder of Geological Education in Pakistan]

 Geological Tip No. 9

      “There’s gold, and it’s haunting and haunting.
It’s luring me on as of old;

        Yet it isn’t the gold that I’m wanting 

        So much as the just finding the gold”

(Robert W. Service) 

 Geological Tip No. 10

     “Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Mark Twain)