- 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, Geology
This course includes an on campus activity. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.
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:
- Recognise common ore minerals in hand samples and under the microscope
- 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
- Relate overall geometry, zonation and alteration patterns of rock associations to specific classes of metallic mineral deposits.
- Evaluate different processes of element enrichment by fluids and melts to from ore bodies.
- Inform peer students and the wider public how understanding the formation of ore bodies is important in the current debates about global resources
- Mid-term examination (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final examination (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Project (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture and 2 x 2 hour practicals or workshops per week.
- Approximately 58 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
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