Home Current Training Past Training Client Reviews About Us Contact Us





"Volcanology for Exploration Geologists - with Field Visits"

With Jocelyn McPhie


Cajamarca, Peru

August 25 (Tuesday) to August 28 (Friday), 2015 (4 days)












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 alteration.

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 required.   

Jocelyn McPhie  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 and has 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. http://www.mcphievolcanology.com.au

$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, 4 nights double-occupancy lodging, all meals, ground transportation to field sites, fuel, permits, tuition fees, deposit fees, guidebook with pre-selected relevant papers, and participation certificate. 

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

Register here by filling in the attached registration form, and sending it back by email, fax or by mail

As well, there are Sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

Please contact Karie Smith at karie@klsgeo.com for more information....





© KLS Geological. All rights reserved.                                 Ph: +1-604-367-8898       Fx: +1-604-536-8080                         info@klsgeo.com