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ES5302   Hydrothermal Ore Deposits

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The module focuses on the geodynamic setting, age, geometry, and mineralogy of the principal metallic mineral deposits related to hydrothermal processes. The different deposit types are studied using a holistic (geology, structural, geochemistry, and geophysics) mineral system approach. Current genetic models of ore deposits related to hydrothermal processes are reviewed with an emphasis on the geological processes required to create them. Finally, a roadmap to mineral exploration for each type of ore deposit taught is discussed. Deposit type discussed in the module includes orogenic gold, VMS, SEDEX, Mississippi Valley-type, unconformity-related uranium deposits, and sedimentary-hosted stratiform copper deposits. Laboratory exercises involve geological problem solving using a mineral exploration industry focus involving the examination of geological maps and representative suites of samples (thin sections and hand samples) from different types of metallic mineral deposits.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Student must have gained entrance to the MGeol or MSc Mineral Resources Programmes

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 lectures (x 11 weeks), 1 practical (x 3 weeks), 1 field trip

Scheduled learning hours: 31

Guided independent study hours: 121

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 15%
Coursework: 35%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Existing Coursework = 20%


Module teaching staff: Dr J Cloutier