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Introduction This short course helps participants to develop the knowledge and skills required for exploring, mining or researching in volcanic terrains. It combines fundamental information on how volcanoes work and what they produce, and practical information on how to name, describe and log volcanic facies in the field and in drill core. The relationships between volcanic and ore forming processes are reviewed for important volcanic-associated ore deposit types (VMS, epithermal Au-Ag, porphyry Cu-Au, komatiite-hosted Ni, kimberlite-hosted diamonds).
Course Format and Delivery The short course will run for four days, two of which will be spent in the field. Lectures will cover ore deposit types commonly hosted by volcanic successions, kinds of volcanoes, eruption styles and products on land and under water, effects of hydrothermal alteration on volcanic rocks, and breccias in mineralised volcanic environments.
The field days will focus on the
Tertiary Calipuy Volcanic Group in the Cajamarca area. The Calipuy
Volcanic Group hosts the Yanacocha and La Zanja gold, silver and copper
mining districts, and comprises a complex succession of both fresh and
hydrothermally altered volcanic and subvolcanic units. The first field
day will provide practice in naming, describing and interpreting a
variety of volcanic facies using outcrop and hand sample
characteristics. The second day will involve graphic logging of a
section of volcanic facies and will develop skills in understanding
facies architecture, depositional environments, proximity to source
vents, and the distinction between hydrothermal and diagenetic
Course is presented and taught in English. There will also be opportunities to discuss concepts in Spanish with the volcanology field assistant, PhD Student at CODES and Exploration Geologist at Minera La Zanja, Billy Joe Beas Cáceres.
Who should attend
This course is intended for geologists engaged in regional- or
deposit-scale mapping or in drilling programs in volcanic successions
(including those on the modern sea floor) for the purpose of mineral
exploration (especially VMS, epithermal Au-Ag, porphyry Cu-Au, komatiite
Ni, or diamonds) and for geological survey geologists embarking on
mapping projects in volcanic successions. No prior volcanology training
is an Adjunct Professor at the University of
Tasmania and Principal Consultant in McPhie Volcanology. She is a world
leader in the application of volcanology to the exploration for mineral
deposits. She has developed practical techniques to unravel the complex
geology of volcanic terrains
particular expertise in textural interpretation of altered volcanic
rocks, volcanic facies analysis, volcanic eruption and emplacement
processes, and volcanic influences on ore formation.
Her research contributes directly to the knowledge and understanding of
fundamental physical volcanology, and the links between volcanic and
hydrothermal processes. She has published 75 papers in peer-reviewed
international journals, and is senior author of the book,
Volcanic Textures, widely used by
academic and industry geoscientists working in volcanic successions.
$2500 USD early registration (by July 9, 2015 (extended)) | $2800 USD late registration (after July 9, 2015 (extended))
Fee includes: Four (4) full days of instruction,
double-occupancy lodging, all meals, ground transportation to field
sites, fuel, permits,
tuition fees, deposit fees, guidebook with pre-selected relevant papers,
Space is limited for all Courses. Register
early to avoid disappointment.
Maximum of 25 participants overall
Payments accepted by cheque, wire and bank transfers, and all major credit cards
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