Gold Exploration in Tropical Landscapes is a technical and applied geoscience course, presenting effective field techniques and cultural etiquette for mineral exploration at tropical latitudes (between 23° 26′ 16″ North and 23° 26′ 16″ South.)
Why is there so much red soil in the tropics and how do we explore through it to find gold deposits? What controls supergene gold development? What can the location and style of small-scale gold mining tell us? These topics and others are addressed from a grassroots-exploration geologist perspective.
Danae Voormeij, BSc (hon), MSc and PGeo, draws on her field experience in lateritic environments and research in tropical gold geochemistry. Relevant scientific studies are introduced and real examples are given, richly illustrated with figures and photographs. This course was peer-reviewed by Dr. Tom McCandless from MCC Geosciences and Dr. Craig Hart, Director of the University of British Columbia's Mineral Deposit Research Unit.
This course will appeal to anyone with an interest in the gold exploration industry.
The course covers the following principal topics:
- Tropical Climates and Weathering of Bedrock
- Description of the Zones of the Laterite Regolith
- The Formation of Tropical Regolith
- Dispersion of Gold Within Tropical Soils
- Target Generation—Stream Sediment and Soil Geochemical Surveys
- The Social Impact of Gold Exploration in the Tropics
Above photo courtesy of Alexander Lerche.
The course comprises 24 viewing sessions, each of 30–90 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables and references and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 26 hours.