Advanced concepts in the processes that lead to the formation of mineral deposits. Introduction to the study of ore minerals using reflected light microscopy.
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To provide a framework for examining processes in the concentration of metals in the Earth’s crust and for assessing mineral potential in a given region based on available geologic information and constraints.
In this course, we will work through 3 different modules to establish the frameworks noted above:
We will be moving to Vista this year (Jan-April 2012) - we'll let you know when the site is active!
TAs: Michael Tucker, Brian McNulty
There is no formal textbook for the lecture part of the course, however there will be lots to read!
Start making it a habit to do regular web searches on the different topics that we cover in this course; the more you read, the more insight you will gain.
Roundup Commodity Project
Minex Term Project
Previous Midterm exam (2008) for review
LECTURES Jan-Apr 2012:
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Ore Microscopy + Magmatic Sulphides 1
Week 3: Magmatic Sulphides 2 + 3
Week 4: Mineral Exploration Roundup - Commodity Project (no classes)
Week 5: Ni Deposits - flood basalts + high-MgO basalts
Week 6: Ni Deposits in Subduction Zone Environments
Week 7: Roundup Commodity Project Presentations
Week 8: Intro to MInex project + Midterm (Magmatic Ore Deposits)
Week 9: Hydrothermal Processes: Fluid flow and heat advection
Week 10: Hydrothermal Processes: Fluid flow and heat advection; Fluid inclusions
Week 11: Hydrothermal Processes: Fluid inclusions and ore fluids
Week 12: Hydrothermal Processes: Ore fluids
Week 13: Minex Term Project Presentations
LABS Jan-Apr 2012:
Week 1: no labs
Week 2: reflected light microscopy - introduction
Week 3: reflected light microscopy - mineral
Week 4: Mineral Exploration Roundup - no labs
Week 5: reflected light microscopy - textures
Week 6: reflected light microscopy - paragenesis
Week 7: magmatic ores - Ni-Cu + PGE (+V,Cr) deposits
Week 8: Numerical lab - Fluid flow and heat advection
Week 9: Numerical lab - Mass transfer calculations
Week 10: Numerical lab - Mass transfer calculations (cont.)
Week 11: Alteration petrography - Carlin aletration
Week 12: Alteration petrography - Porphyry alteration
Week 13: no labs