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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with a UWA-guided field excursion to a WA, national or international location to explore the geological relationships between tectonic setting, crustal architecture and the origin and temporal–spatial distribution of ore deposits. It aims to advance student knowledge and practical skills in field-based geoscience in mineralised terranes. The field excursion will be based on regional transects that include spectacular geological exposures and a wide range of mineral systems (e.g. gold, iron ore, base metals and critical minerals). Field sites will explore a variety of tectonic elements including cratons, fold belts, magmatic complexes, and sedimentary basins, to consider the large-scale lithospheric controls on metal enrichment and explore common or contrasting factors in mineral system development. Temporal scales are location dependent. Archean–Proterozoic terranes provide opportunity to investigate Early Earth processes and their interactions in the evolution of lithosphere, oceans, atmosphere and biosphere. Phanerozoic terranes provide opportunity to investigate younger tectonic settings preserved in the geological record and their Earth system interactions.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe a variety of mineral deposit styles in their geological context; (2) demonstrate application of the mineral system approach to understanding the origins of mineral deposits; and (3) communicate their interpretations of mineralising processes and their relationship to Earth's lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) student presentations and exercises and (2) written reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Marco Fiorentini
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72550 Master of Geoscience
or 70630 Master of Science
or 70590 Master of Ore Deposit Geology
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - Up to $4000).
Contact hours
2-week intensive unit. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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