Economic Geology 101

Economic Geology 101

Areas of Study: Exploration and Geology

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Economic Geology 101 is a course for beginners in exploration geology, people requiring a basic understanding of ore deposits, students, and anyone who is inquisitive about mineral deposits and how these form.

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  • Audience Level:
  • New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 9 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

Economic Geology 101 is a course for beginners in exploration geology, people requiring a basic understanding of ore deposits, students, and anyone who is inquisitive about mineral deposits and how these form.

The course provides an overview of the three major rock types (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks), and introduces the geologic processes that form or influence ore deposits. In this course, you will learn about ore deposits that are typical for various metals, including abundant metals (iron, manganese, titanium) as well as scarce base (nickel, copper, lead, zinc) and precious (platinum group elements, gold and silver) metals. World-renowned deposits are described and illustrated with numerous figures and photographs.

This course is based on the Geological Framework for the Business of Exploration and Mining, authored by David Groves, produced by Market Motion Media.

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Course Content

Economic Geology 101 is structured in two parts and a total of 9 viewing sessions of approximately 60 minutes each, plus course reviews. Current course duration is equivalent to approximately 9 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe how different types of rocks form.
  • Relate processes in the geologic cycle to the formation of ore deposits.
  • Describe characteristic deposit types that form for specific minerals.

Recommended Background

  • A degree in geology or interest in exploration geology.

David Groves (Author)

Dr. Groves is the first Professional Geologist to be awarded both the SEG Penrose Gold Medal and the SGA Newmont Gold he has authored or co-authored over 500 papers and is widely published on the subject of Archaen evolution (a vital component when looking for host for gold). He has been President of the Geological Society of Australia and is President of the European Society of Economic Geologists.

David Groves was previously a Professor of Economic Geology and Director of University Western Australia's Centre for Global Metallogeny. He is also Emeritus Professor attached to the Centre for Exploration Targeting.

Dr. Groves' major expertise lies in economic geology, the formation of mineral deposits, particularly gold, and conceptual targeting of mineral deposits. Professor Groves has had a distinguished career as a geologist and educator and has been honoured as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. During his academic career, Dr. Groves authored and co-authored over 500 papers. He was President of the Geological Society of Australia, the Society of Economic Geologists, and SGA (European Society of Economic Geologists). He has received eleven medals for his research, including the Silver Medal of the Society of Economic Geologists, the Geological Association of Canada Medal, and the Haddon King Medal of the Australian Academy of Science. Professor Groves' publications continue to influence the way academic and mining industry personnel understand Earth processes world-wide, particularly in relation to mineralization and conceptual exploration.