Nov 17, 2019  
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GEOS 4533 - Introduction to Ore Deposits and Energy Resources


3 (2-2)

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 3234  and either CHEM 1143  or 1243  or approval of the instructor.

This course provides a thorough introduction to the main sub-fields of economic geology: metallic and non-metallic ore deposits, petroleum geology, coal geology, and building materials geology.  Specific types of metallic and non-metallic ore deposits covered include porphyry-type copper deposits, hydrothermal gold, and silver deposits, massive sulfide copper, zinc, and silver deposits, Mississippi Valley type lead and zinc deposits, sedimentary iron deposits, weathering-related aluminum and nickel deposits, gold, diamond, and other heavy mineral placer deposits, phosphate, and evaporate-mineral deposits.  The course will cover the various tectonics and the spatial and temporal occurrence of metallic and non-metallic ore deposits.  Practical aspects of mining, mining economics, and ore deposit exploration and evaluation are also included.  The course will provide an introduction to the formation of petroleum reservoirs and their exploitation, the formation of coal deposits and their exploitation, and the geology and exploitation of building materials such as sand, gravel, and quarried stone.


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