EOSC 424 · Advanced Mineral Deposits

Advanced concepts in the processes that lead to the formation of mineral deposits. Introduction to the study of ore minerals using reflected light microscopy. [2-3-0] Prerequisite: EOSC 331.

Note: alternate-year course – next offering in Jan 2024; not offered in Jan 2025; offered in Jan 2026

Course Availability & Schedule

Course Syllabus

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 Alternate year course

Odd year start – Term 2

Learning Goals

To provide a framework for examining processes involved 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.

There are three different modules in this course that keyed to the frameworks above:

  1. Module 1: evaluation of the key mechanisms/processes for the concentration of metals (e.g., Ni-Cu-PGE-Cr-Ti) in magmatic ore deposits with an emphasis on the chemistry of magmas - first-half of course in lecture.
  2. Module 2: evaluation of the key mechanisms/processes for the concentration of metals (e.g., Cu-Au-Mo-Ag) by hydrothermal processes with an emphasis on hydrothermal fluid flow, fluid:rock interaction, deformation, and alteration - second-half of course in lecture and lab.
  3. Module 3: introduction to ore petrography using reflected light microscopy (textures in ore minerals preserve a record of how they formed and were modified at low temperatures).


James Scoates & Ken Hickey

Course Content

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