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Ore Geology

The course focuses on the formation of hydrothermal ore deposits.

After an introduction to ore deposits and the transport of metals in hydrothermal fluids, the lectures will cover 3 main topics; 1) magmatic hydrothermal ore deposits associated with convergent margins, 2) hydrothermal ore deposits associated with orogenesis and metamorphism, and 3) seafloor hydrothermal deposits associated with divergent margins. The third topic will be covered mainly during the fieldtrip to Cyprus. Lectures will be combined with lab classes that focus on identification of ore and alteration minerals.

The course is given every other year (Fall 2021)

GG8117 course description (65 Kb)

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Consists of current scientific articles and the book:
    Introduction to ore forming processes
    Robb, L., Blackwell Publishing 2005
    ISBN: 0632063785, 9780632063789

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  • Contact

    Iain PitcairnSenior lecturer, docent, Ore geology
    Iain Pitcairn
    +46 (0)8 674 78 38 | Room: R431