MING5504 Advanced Ore Deposits

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Steffen Hagemann
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590) or GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems or equivalent
EART3346 Ore Deposit Genesis, EART8346 Ore Deposit Genesis, EART8508 Ore Deposit Conceptual Models
Incidental fees
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Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - Up to $650).
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