MERC – Greenstone Gold and Base Metal Exploration Field Course: Exploration Models and Methods – May 9 to 15, 2015

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MERC – Field Course:

Greenstone Gold and Base Metal Exploration Field Course: Exploration Models and Methods

May 9 to May 15, 2015


Professional geoscientists who have recently entered the exploration sector, or professionals who are new to gold and base metal exploration in Precambrian Shields.


1. Recognize the Essential Features of World Class Archean Lode Gold and VMS Districts
    Recognize the essential components of world class ore systems.
2. Learn Outcrop Mapping and Core Logging Techniques
    Recognize and describe rock types/structures, define map units, produce field maps and graphic logs.
3. Learn Exploration Models and Methods
Learn geological, geochemical and geophysical exploration methodologies.


Field Work Plan:
Day 1: Regional Transect in the Noranda area including the Pontiac-Dalembert Fault (an introduction to rock types, structure, alteration).
Day 2: The VMS Model bottom to top – Amulet – Powell-Horne area.
Day 3: The Greenstone Gold Model – Larder – Cadillac Break
Day 4 & 5: Mapping and core logging exercises
Day 6: Morning – Mapping and logging exercises.
              Afternoon – Exploration Geophysics lectures.
Day 7: Displays, feedback on products and wrap up presentations.


Evening Lectures:
Day 1: Introduce the VMS model and key exploration criteria.
Day 2: Introduce the Greenstone Au Model and key exploration criteria.
Day 3: Introduce mapping and core logging project areas.
Day 4 & 5: Presentation of team mapping results and discussion. Industry guest lectures on VMS and Gold exploration models and methods.
Day 6: Presentation of team mapping/core logging results. Map based geophysical interpretation and targeting exercises.


Group Size: 24 Maximum




Howard Poulsen, formerly with the Geological Survey of Canada, currently an international consultant globally recognized as an expert in Greenstone Gold deposits and Precambrian Geology.


Harold Gibson, Professor of Volcanology and Ore Deposits at Laurentian University and MERC Director, is an internationally recognized expert in volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits, and their volcanic environments.


Richard Smith, formerly R&D Manager with Fugro Airborne Surveys, holds a NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Exploration Geophysics at Laurentian University. He is an internationally recognized expert in electromagnetic methods and targeting.


Reserve your spot today!


Course Cost for Industry: $3000 / person . (All inclusive cost except travel to and from Sudbury/Noranda)
When: May 9th to May 15th, 2015
Contact: Chantal Duval at or (705) 675-1151 x2280