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.
There are three different modules in this course that keyed to the frameworks above:
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.
Module 2: evaluation of the key mechanisms/processes for the croncentration of metals (e.g., Cu-Au-Mo-Ag) by hydrothermal processes with an emphasis on hydrothermal fluid flow, fluid:rock interaction, and alteration - second-half of course in lecture and lab.
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
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