This course will not be offered in 2022!

Understanding of rock types, textures, geochemical and alteration signatures within the context of an ore deposit model is a key skill for any geologist planning a career in either minerals exploration or economic geology research. Development of the underpinning ore deposit model requires integration of multilayer datasets, generated at a range of scales (both spatial and temporal), using a variety of techniques. Also required is a keen understanding of diverse but interrelated ore forming processes: e.g. magmatism, basin evolution, hydrology, permeability-porosity generation and evolution.

This course is led by a group of world-leading researchers, providing an overview of the key features of several major classes of economically important mineral deposits, VHMS, porphyry Cu-Mo-Au, epithermal Au, skarn, IOCG, SEDEX, sediment-hosted stratiform Cu, sediment-hosted and orogenic Au. Each deposit style will be discussed in terms of geological and tectonic framework, mineralisation, alteration, genetic models and exploration criteria. Lectures covering each deposit type will be complemented with exercises or practical classes which examine sample sets of typical ores, host rocks, and geochemical signatures.

The course is classroom-based, run over five days (9.00am to ~6.00pm) from Monday 10th May until Friday 14th May 2021. It will be held at the Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus in Hobart.

Industry participants may choose to attend on a daily basis, but must confirm which days they plan to attend with Angela Escolme.

Minimum enrollments: 10; Max 20

Further course and assessment information can be found at:

Teacher: Angela Escolme,