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"Basic Principles of Exploration Geochemistry"

With Dave Heberlein 

Vancouver, Canada
(Downtown location to be determined)

December 6 and 7 (Wednesday/Thursday), 2017
2 days











Description With practically all of the world's near surface deposits being exposed, future discoveries will need to be made in areas with extensive transported cover. Geologists will need to use the most up to date tools, which include using geochemical exploration methods.  These two days of power point lectures will cover the topics of primary dispersion, secondary dispersion, sampling strategies, seeing thru transported cover, analytical methods, quality control, data analysis, multi-elemental methods such as partial and selective leaches as well as field based soil pH techniques.  The course will also cover case studies from geochemical surveys in diverse physiographic and climatic environments from around the world. 

Who should attend This course is suitable for exploration geologists ranging from new graduates who will benefit from a presentation of the basic principles, to more senior geologists who have an interest in developing their skills in applied geochemistry.  Past course participants have also included government geologists, prospectors and mining engineers.

Dave Heberlein has been involved in mineral exploration for the past 37 years.  He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology from the University of Southampton, England, and an M.Sc., (Geology and Exploration Geochemistry) from the University of British Columbia.  He has world-wide experience in exploring for both precious and base metal deposits and has worked extensively in both North and South America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Prior to joining Barrick Gold Corp. in 1994, he worked for a number of senior Mining companies.
From 1995 to 2002, he was Barrick’s Exploration Manager for Argentina and Chile.  In this role he managed exploration of the El Indio gold belt including the El Indio and Tambo mines and the giant Pascua Lama high sulphidation deposit.  After returning to Canada in 2002 he became Barrick’s Chief Geochemist for global exploration until he left the company in early 2007. He is currently a consulting exploration geochemist based in Vancouver, BC.

Course Outline

History of exploration geochemistry

Primary Dispersion

Secondary Dispersion

Element mobility

Weathering and weathering products

The effects of climate and physiography

Geochemical landscape

Mechanical dispersion

Hydromorphic dispersion

Sampling strategies


Stream sediments


Glacial deposits

Lake sediment

Seeing through transported cover: Soil pH and Deep Penetrating Methods

Soil pH

Partial and Selective leaches

Case studies

Analytical Methods

Sample preparation and digestions

Total vs. Partial methods

Field portable analytical methods

Sampling for robust gold analysis.

Quality Control

Accuracy and Precision

Use of control samples

Data validation

Data Analysis

Summary statistics

Histograms and Probability Plots

Box and Whisker Plots

Data transformations

Data Levelling

Multi-element methods

Scatter plots

Correlation coefficients


Element zonation mapping

Poor man’s PCA

Weighted Sums

Course Comments:

"The instructor was very knowledgeable, well spoken and relayed information easily and in an understandable manner.  He was relaxed and put the class at ease to ask questions. Dave confirmed my belief that companies spend loads of money on ICP geochemistry and then the geo's do nothing more than plot up Au and As when there is so much more that can be learned from diving into all of the data the labs provide you." - Gregg Loptien, Agnico Eagle, December 2016, Vancouver

"- Good, comprehensive course materials
  -Clear, well informed lecturing style, with good analogies + industry examples
  -Course well organised -  with sufficient breaks, refreshments, etc"   - Anonymous, December 2014, Istanbul

"- It is a very useful course, in which we found really interesting information and in which we found answers for many questions." - Prospectiuni S.A., Andreea, December 2014, Istanbul

"- Experienced consultant in this topic is the most [strength] of the course" - Alacer Gold, Esin Sisman, December 2014, Istanbul


$1300 CAD* early registration (by Nov 10, 2017)  |  $1450 CAD* late registration (after Nov 10, 2017)

Fee includes:
Two (2) full days of instruction
shortcourse notes
breaks and lunch daily
beer networking reception event afterward on December 6
participation certificate
*Plus 5% British Columbia GST (Goods and Service Tax)


Space is limited for all Courses. Register early to avoid disappointment.

Minimum of 14 participants are required by the early registration date
Maximum of 40 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.

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






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