Resource and Exploration Geology
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2005
Metallic resources underpin modern society. Australia is endowed with world-class resources of many essential commodities, including diamonds, gold, iron ore, manganese, copper, lead, zinc, tin and silver. Using many local examples, this 'hands-on' course introduces students to the fundamental characteristics of metallic ore deposits. Emphasis is placed on understanding ore-forming processes in magmatic, hydrothermal and metamorphic environments, and on the use of ore-forming concepts as guides to mineral exploration. A voluntary, three-day field trip to examine some examples of NSW ore deposits complements the lecture-laboratory component, and allows students to interact with geoscience professionals in the mining and exploration industry.
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.
On successful completion of this course, students will have:
1. developed a knowledge base in understanding the origins of metallic ore deposits;
2. developed professional skills of immediate use to a new graduate in the metals exploration industry;
3. improved critical abilities and communication skills of students; and
4. developed a systematic approach to solving complex problems.
The course provides an overview of the major classes of metalliferous ore deposits formed by magmatic and hydrothermal processes. An emphasis is placed on discussing the processes involved in ore formation, establishing ore deposit 'models' and using the models as predictive tools in mineral exploration. The course demonstrates how many of the concepts of ore genesis integrate observations and data collected from a wide variety of geological fields, including igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology, mineralogy and geochemistry.
GEOS2190; GEOS2170 & GEOS2200.
Modes of Delivery
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term