Due to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the 56th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals Annual Meeting will be held virtually.

Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our members and attendees is paramount, and serves as the reason for our decision. Put simply, altering the platform of this meeting is the right thing to do during this historic time. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and unwavering commitment to FGIM.

Meeting Details

We have shifted to a multi-day Virtual ZOOM meeting.  The first day is Wednesday September 30th, with 3 presentations. The next is Saturday, October 10th, with at least 3 presentations. Q&A will follow at the end of the sessions.

Where: Virtual Presentation via Zoom

When: Wednesday September 30th, 2020 and Saturday October 10th, 2020

What: Information Below


Wednesday, September 30th: 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EST)


12:00 PM to 12:05 PM: Welcome

12:05 PM to 12:35 PM: Mason Graham, KaMin Solutions, Review of Georgia Surface Mine Permitting

12:40 PM to 1:10 PM: Rich Kyle, PhD, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, Adaptive Reuse of Central Texas Industrial Mineral Production Sites: Long-lived Developments whose Time has Come

1:15 PM to 1:45 PM: Eric Parrish, KaMin Solutions, Kaolin Industry Mine Planning

1:45 PM to 2:00 PM: Questions and Answers


Saturday October 10th: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)


9:00 AM to 9:05 AM: Welcome

9:05 AM to 9:35 AM: Roger S. Austin, PhD, PG, Milledgeville, GA, Bauxite, Kaolin, a Meteor, Volcanism, and the Early Tertiary Super-Pluvial Climate in Georgia

9:40 AM to 10:10 AM: Steven Stokowski, PG, Stone Products Consultants, Uses for Quarry Fines from Aggregate Plants in the Southeast

10:15 AM to 10:45 AM: W. Crawford Elliott, PhD, Georgia State University, Rare Earth Minerals in SE US Heavy Mineral Deposits

10:45 AM to 11:00 AM: Questions and Answers

11:00 AM to 1:50 PM: To Be Announced

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The Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals (FGIM) is an international meeting of geologists and mining professionals interested in industrial minerals.

The Forums focus has always been on the geology of industrial minerals with an emphasis to promote the knowledge and organization of mining, mineral processing, regulation and reclamation through the forum meetings, presentations and field trips.

Another great aspect of the Forum is the encouragement and involvement of upcoming geology or earth science students who have an interest in the industrial minerals industry with the Robert L. Bates Memorial Scholarship.



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