Location: University of Melbourne:
Venue: 2nd Floor Conference Room, McCoy Building

This advanced ore deposit geology and geochemistry short course is designed for fourth year Honours/MSc students in economic geology/geochemistry as well as industry geologists who wish to be exposed to new concepts of magmatic ore genesis. The course will provide an overview of the geology of major Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulphide deposits, PGE deposits, and diamond deposits with an emphasis on the processes controlling their genesis and how this information can be applied in exploration. The course will also introduce some of the theoretical concepts involved in ore formation such as the factors controlling sulphur solubility in mafic magmas and the roles of partial melting and crustal contamination in the genesis of Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulfide deposits. Lectures will present the physical and chemical characteristics of some of the major magmatic ore deposits including komatiite-associated Ni deposits (Kambalda), basalt-associated Cu-Ni-Co-(PGE) deposits (Norilsk-Talnakh/Voiseys Bay), astrobleme-associated Ni-Cu-PGE deposits (Sudbury), Merensky Reef-type PGE deposits in layered intrusions (Bushveld, Stillwater), and diamondiferous kimberlites and lamproites. Practical exercises will consist of examination of suites of samples from major ore camps in both hand specimen and in thin section as well as computer exercises.

This course is held at The University of Melbourne (Parkville campus), in the McCoy Building in the 2nd floor Conference Room (near the lift doors).  The course starts promptly at 9:00 AM on Monday 5th June and finishes on Friday, June 9th at ~4:00 PM.

Note: The main entry doors to the McCoy building are located one level up on the 2nd floor and are accessed via the stairs or ramp from Elgin Street, or from the main Parkville campus via the bridge across Swanston Street.

Suggested reading material will be distributed prior to the commencement of the course.

Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/geol90038

Please contact the course provider Professor Reid Keays if you require further information: <reid.keays@monash.edu>.