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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the specific geological setting and geological-geochemical controls on metal systems typical for Western Australia including structurally controlled hydrothermal orogenic and intrusion-related gold, BIF iron ore, and orthomagmatic komatiite nickel sulphide metal systems. The objective of the unit is to develop (1) skills in analysing and classifying ore and hydrothermal alteration samples using transmitted and reflected light microscopy, WR, TE, and REE geochemistry, mineral chemistry, stable and radiogenic isotopes, and fluids inclusions; (2) skills in logging and interpreting drill core using the graphic logging technique in the context of a metal system; (3) understanding of the key geological and geochemical processes that control major metal systems and result in the formation of these ore deposits; and (4) interpretation of ore and hydrothermally altered samples using genetic models.

6 points
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of major ore-forming geochemical processes within a mineral system; (2) describe and classify ore and hydrothermally altered samples using modern petrographic and geochemical tools; and (3) classify diverse metal systems using sophisticated genetic models.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) diamond drill core, laboratory exercises; (2) seminars; and (3) geological mapping. 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 Steffen Hagemann
Unit rules
Enrolment in
70590 Master of Ore Deposit Geology
or 72550 Master of Geoscience
or Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems
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 or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - Up to $650).
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