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Exploration for Magmatic Ore Deposits Modular Course

March 31, 2020 - April 9, 2020

The Harquail School of Earth Sciences at Laurentian University offers some of the most comprehensive field- and laboratory-based Earth Science graduate research and education courses in the world. The modular courses are designed for geoscientists employed full-time in the mineral exploration industry, industry professionals needing professional development and accreditation, and graduate students.

GEOL 5606 – Exploration for Magmatic Ore Deposits
31 Mar – 09 April 2020
On site (3 cr.) and webcasting delivery (non-credit). 10-day intensive course in magmatic Ni-Cu-(PGE), PGE, Cr, and Ti-V deposits including 3 days of theoretical material, 8 days of exploration applications and case studies, and (weather permitting) a 1/2 to 3/4- day field trip in the Sudbury Igneous Complex. Topics include: S and Cr solubility and metal partitioning in maficultramafic magmas; generation of fertile magmas; applications of stable and radiogenic isotopes (including massindependent S isotopes) in identifying S and metal sources; sulfide transport and localization mechanisms; textures and deformation of Fe-Ni-Cu sulfide ores, sulfide recalculation and plotting methods; geology/genesis of and exploration for Ni-Cu-(PGE) deposits in mafic-ultramafic lava channels, feeder sills/dikes, and magma conduits; geology/genesis of and exploration for PGE deposits in mafic-ultramafic layered intrusions; geology/genesis of and exploration for stratiform and podiform Cr deposits and Ti-V deposits in anorthosites and mafic-ultramafic intrusions (including those in the “Ring of Fire” district of northern Ontario). Case studies and laboratory practicals will include: Alexo (Ontario), Duke Island (Alaska), Duluth (Minnesota), Kambalda (Western Australia), Noril’sk-Talnakh and Pechenga (Russia), Jinchuan and other deposits in China, Thompson (Manitoba), Raglan (Nunavik), Voisey’s Bay (Labrador), and Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE; and Bushveld (South Africa) and Stillwater (Montana) PGE and Cr; and ‘Ring of Fire” Cr.

Non-student cost: Full Course: CDN $3304 + 13% HST. Individual Days: CDN $339 + 13% HST.

Mix and match group rates are also available. Videoconference participation is available only for non-students.

Live Webcast Option
Several of the modules are available to industry professionals/non-students via live webcast from our state-of-the-art Executive Learning Centre, which provides an immersive experience if remote participants have high-speed fibre connections and use high-quality headsets. Students enrolling for credit must enrol in the on-campus course so that they can complete the laboratory exercises, but the remote option may be preferable for non-students. Contact the course coordinator if you are interested in this option.



March 31, 2020
April 9, 2020
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