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"Volcanology for Exploration Geologists - Key concepts and Field techniques"

With Jocelyn McPhie
and Dr Jose Piquer Romo

Maipo Valley, Santiago, Chile

October 11 (Friday) to October 14 (Monday), 2019 (4 days)

(just after the SEG 2019 Conference in Santiago, Chile Oct 7-10







Mpodozis and Cornejo (2012)

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, including altered 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 volcanic units exposed along the Maipo valley close to Santiago. The Maipo valley section includes a wide variety of both fresh and variably 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.

The course is presented and taught in English. There will also be opportunities to discuss concepts in Spanish with the volcanology assistant, Dr. Jose Piquer Romo.  Dr. Piquer is a Professor and Researcher at Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia, Chile.  Dr. Piquer completed his PhD at CODES, University of Tasmania, where the the subject of his PhD project was that of the geology of the Andes of central Chile, including the Maipo Valley. Also before CODES, he worked for eight years doing mineral exploration in the Mio-Pliocene metallogenic belt of central Chile. 

Who should attend  This course is intended for geologists engaged in regional- or deposit-scale mapping or in drilling programs in volcanic successions 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 more than 100 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 (up to Fri, Sep 06, 2019)  |  $2800 USD  late registration (after Fri, Sep 06, 2019)

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, course notes, and participation certificate. 

Space is limited for all Courses. Register early to avoid disappointment.
KLS Geological reserves the right to cancel Short Courses that do not meet minimum attendance requirements.

Minimum of 15 participants required by the early registration date
Maximum of 25 participants overall

Payments accepted by cheque, wire and bank transfers, and all major credit cards

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

Past Course Comments:

Fantastic course. Very informative, easy to digest, and builds a much greater understanding of volcanic processes & results.
- Zuzka Gazdik, Geologist, Galore Greek Mining;  Vancouver, January 2019

Pretty impressive, McPhie's presentation is so clear and easily understandable.  KLS - Thanks for doing these geological meetings (Everything was so good!!)
- Goksu Erbalaban, Geologist, Galore Greek Mining;  Vancouver, January 2019

Great course, very informative. Essential for anyone working in volcanic environments. Jocelyn's expertise and enthusiasm on the subject were apparent throughout her clear and engaging delivery of the course material.
- Anonymous;  Vancouver, January 2019

Very clear, well-paced, consistent presentations. For two days we covered a good range of topics without too much detail and covering the full range of applicable topics.
- Anonymous;  Vancouver, January 2019

The time taken for hands on and interactive problem solving / rock naming was extremly valuable. The way the course was laid out was also very logical and the instructor was excellent at making all topics easy to digest.
- Anonymous;  Vancouver, January 2019

This course was amazing! Jocelyn is a very talented volcanologist & a great instructor.  This course is extremely valuable for a mapping geologist or core-logger & very applicable to mineral exploration.
- Kei Quinn, Senior Project Geologist, Constantine Metal Resources Ltd.;  Vancouver, January 2019

The hands on exercise and detailed time spent classifying/naming real rocks is very helpful.
- Lauren Foiles, Geologist, Galore Greek Mining;  Vancouver, January 2019

The material for the course, instructor and the organization was excellent. Material will be very useful for my future work, as well as in the University for the teaching of students and for the scientific work as for the description and interpretation volcanic and volcano-sedimentary rocks in the altered areas, which is always problematic. Also it was a very good mix of the lectures and field trips. Drill core observations and interpretations was a very good and useful lessons for the company's geologists.
- Nino Popkhadze, Scientific Researcher, I.Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Institute of Geology;  Konya, Turkey, October 2018

The strengths of the instructor go without comment. One of the best professors I have had. The course material was very well designed, focused, easy to follow and will be a valued reference. The course was very well organized, everything ran on time (even the field parts, which can prove difficult), the stops were pertinent and enough time was spent at each to fully understand the concepts presented. Good venue, as well, very comfortable.
- David Volkert, Vice President Exploration, Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Santiago, Chile, November 2017







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