This course is about the techniques of collecting and mapping geological information as applied to the characteristics of magmatic, hydrothermal and supergene ore deposits. Field trips will be required for this course.
- Maps and cross-sections applied to exploration and mining, including the selection, display and analysis of a number of types of data. Many applications will use ArcGIS.
- Geology of mineral deposits, including: formation, mineralogy, petrology, ore-concentrating processes, diagenesis and mapping. The following deposit types will be covered:
- Magmatic ore deposits (chromite, base-metal Ni, kimberlites).
- Hydrothermal ore deposits (porphyry, skarns, epithermal Au, VMS, orogenic Au, SEDEX).
- Supergene deposits.
- Mineral and rock identification using hand specimen, stereo (low power) microscope and petrographic microscope.
- Report writing.
Methods of Instruction
Lecture, lab, occasional field trips.
Means of Assessment
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:
Assignments and Labs 25 - 40%
Project(s) 10 - 25%
Term exams and quizzes 25%
Final exam 25%
After successfully completing EAES 2810, a student will be able to:
- Describe processes that concentrate minerals into deposits.
- Describe important types of ore deposits (magmatic, hydrothermal and supergene).
- Identify suites of minerals associated with ore deposits.
- Prepare and interpret a variety of geological maps for evaluating ore deposits, utilizing ArcGIS and other methods.
- Prepare geological reports.
- Collect mapping data from rock outcrops, drill cores and drill information.
EAES 2400 and EAES 2800
Students must complete the following course either at the same time as OR prior to taking EAES 2810:
Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:
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