GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Geology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This unit examines Earth's metallic ore deposits in terms of their diversity, geographic location, economic importance, and geological setting within the concept of mineralising systems. The character and origin of ore-bearing magmas and hydrothermal fluids are explored and ancient and modern examples of ore deposits are included. Ore deposits such as gold, copper, and iron deposits are discussed using a mineral system approach with emphasis on the metal sources, pathways and depositional site characteristics. Understanding of mineral systems is particularly important in Western Australia where mineral resources provide considerable employment opportunities.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the temporal and spatial distribution and geological setting of major metal systems and their use in society; (2) describe and classify ore deposits; and (3) apply simple genetic models to explain mineral deposits within their broader geological setting.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory exercises including ore petrology test; (2) a project; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Steffen Hagemann
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
EART3342 Geochemistry and Petrology
or
equivalent
and
EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
EART3346 Ore Deposit Genesis, EART8346 Ore Deposit Genesis, EART3345 Mineral Exploration Technology, EART8345 Mineral Exploration Technology; for pre-2012 courses: none
Contact hours
workshops: 8 hours per week for 5 weeks. The total workload is 150 hours.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-TP-1_2019]
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