MING5502 Exploration Targeting

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces the concepts and applications of geophysical and geochemical techniques at a variety of scales in mineral exploration. The objective is to develop knowledge of relevant exploration techniques, including their strengths and weaknesses, and practical skills in the analysis of multiple data sets using computer-based methods. It covers the design and integrated interpretation of geophysical and geochemical surveys, including data processing and modelling. These skills are applied to exploration targeting of commodities such as iron, gold, nickel in areas of outcrop and under cover. Laboratory sessions may include a visit to a commercial analytical laboratory. They also cover remote (HyMap and ASTER) and proximal (ASD, HyLogger) spectral sensing as applied in mineral exploration.
Students are able to (1) acquire a basic understanding of how geophysical and geochemical technologies are used in modern mineral exploration targeting; (2) gain experience in the integrated analysis of exploration data sets, recognising their respective strengths and weaknesses; (3) identify the most appropriate methods for exploring for different commodities in different geological environments; (4) analyse petrophysical data and undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis (modelling) of geophysical responses; and (5) analyse geochemical data and determine pathfinder elements for different ore types.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a geophysics assignment (50 per cent); (2) a geochemistry exercise (25 per cent); and (3) a geochemical seminar (25 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Michael Dentith
Unit rules
GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems
by approval of unit coordinator
Advisable prior study:
EART3342 Geochemistry and Petrology, EART3353 Geological Mapping, EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics,
EART3345 Mineral Exploration Technology, EART8345 Mineral Exploration Technology, EART8506 Computer-aided Exploration Targeting
Contact hours
lectures/lab sessions: 150 hours (includes non-contact hours)
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