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Are Geologists like Indiana Jones?

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

✦ Drill into "Rocks In Our Heads" with geologist Andrew Drummond

Andrew Drummond is the author of two books, Rocks In Our Heads and More Rocks In Our Heads. A seasoned geologist, he has seen and done so much, he can fill more than a book with his experiences.

Geologists are a special breed, and it goes beyond picking at rocks. Think adventure, think exploration, think arduous discoveries. And they have a way of thinking and a passion that allow them to embark on such journeys of discoveries and exploration.

Mr. Drummond pays homage to geologists by bringing to light the extraordinary lengths they would go to discover a great project. His first book is a compilation of stories that showcase how geologists are willing to go (to infinity and beyond) for the love of the job.

Remember Indiana Jones? That's what geologists are like. They may not have to fight off baddies in temples of doom, but the spirit of adventure is what makes their profession so special. You'll find these people in far flung regions on the African and South American continents and even in Mongolia. It is a profession that involves adventure and only those who have the thirst to discover and explore can keep going.

These are the real unsung heroes of the industry. They are out in the heat or the cold, and trudging through dangerous areas to make a project a reality.

I remember my 100th Coffee With Samso Episode with Mark Strizek about how the founder of Tietto, Caigen Wang went about finding and developing the Abujar Gold Project. That story could have been in the two books written by Andrew Drummond. Caigan Wang, the Managing Director of Tietto Minerals Limited (ASX: TIE) has the tenacity of going into the business of Africa to get the project for the company.

To gain a thorough understanding of these non-Australian projects, what succeeded or what went south and why, read Mr. Drummond's books and go on an adventure with these geologists who have exploration fused in their DNA.

You can get these books by emailing Andrew Drummond at or visit

Interview with Geologist and Author, Andrew Drummond


00:20 Introduction

01:29 Andrew Drummond - Introduction.

02:54 The Background of Rocks In Our Heads.

05:52 The Essence of the Book.

06:24 Rob Duncan - A Chopper In Poli, Cameroon, 1975.

10:03 Do the old levels of determination still exist?

11:22 Tony Gates - East Timor, 1999.

14:49 Andrew on the future of the mineral exploration sector.

19:10 Rome was not Built in a Day.

22:11 The rollercoaster ride of a Geologist.

23:34 The exploration surprises.

24:14 Are there still Giant deposits to be discovered?

26:03 Where could be the next Frontier?

28:00 The Wild Card discovery of Julimar.

28:36 The Key of a Mineral System Exploration.

29:09 The Difficulty of Making a Discovery - More Rocks In Our Head.

31:05 More Rocks In Our Heads - Ore Bodies are Hard to Monetise.

33:09 The Hard stories of Real Mineral Exploration.

34:20 How do you Convince the Market you have a Good Project?

37:26 The Opportunities of a Big Brother.

38:30 The Motivation of the Chase to Discovery.

41:26 Andrew's reflection on his two books.

42:22 Conclusions

About Andrew Drummond

Author and Geologist

Andrew has recently retired from the mineral industry.

He had a strong and successful background in the identification and acquisition of major mineral properties and projects; promoting and raising and managing of capital for their advancement; and in listing and managing public companies.

He has been a, or the, principal driver of ASX-listed Zephyr Minerals NL (now Lepidico Minerals Ltd), Westonia Mines Ltd (now Evolution Mines Ltd), Bonaparte Diamond Mines Ltd, and Minemakers Ltd, for each of which he has been an executive director. He has also been a director of several other ASX-listed and public unlisted companies, and of companies listed on the Toronto or Namibian stock exchanges.

Andrew had extensive experience in exploration, feasibility and mining in Australia, New Zealand, Namibia, The Philippines, Russia, China and several other countries.

Andrew is a geologist, having graduated with B.Sc (Hons) from Adelaide University in 1973. He is a FAusIMM, MGSA, and MAIG.

He has recently collected and edited a suite of stories, by largely Australian geologists concerning their efforts trying to find, deal upon or develop mineral deposits in far flung and exotic parts of the world. The stories have been published as "Rocks In Our Heads".

The second book is called "More Rocks In Our Heads".



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