- Code EMSC3007
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
This course covers the distribution, geological setting and genesis of metalliferous mineral deposits. Factors controlling the formation of these deposits and the linkages with many other geologic processes covered in other courses are explored. Practical work involves mineragraphy and study of a range of classic mineral deposits.
Honours Pathway Option
Additional readings of greater conceptual difficulty requiring an advanced scientific understanding will be made available for students enrolled in the Honours Pathway Option. 20% of the marks available on the exam will be answers to alternate questions for HPO students. Integration of this material in the essay will be expected.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Recognise common ore minerals in hand samples and under the microscope
2. Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of mineral deposits, including recognising the overall geometry, zonation and alteration patterns associated with specific classes of metallic mineral deposits
3.Relate overall geometry, zonation and alteration patterns of rock associations to specific classes of metallic mineral deposits.
4. Evaluate different processes of element enrichment by fluids and melts to from ore bodies.
5. Inform peer students and the wider public how understanding the formation of ore bodies is important in the current debates about global resources
Assessment will be based on:
- Mid-term examination (20%; LO 1-5)
- Final examination (40%; LO 1-5)
- Project (40%; LO 1-5)
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At least 65 contact hours per week of lectures, workshops and practicals
Requisite and Incompatibility
Robb, L., 2005, Introduction to Ore-Forming Processes, Blackwell Publishing
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