MERC – Modular Course – Exploration for Magmatic Ore Deposits – April 3, 2016 – April 14, 2016


MERC – Modular Course:

Exploration for Magmatic Ore Deposits

April 3, 2016 – April 14, 2016

Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University

Course Description:
 12-day intensive course in magmatic Ni-Cu-(PGE), PGE, Cr, Ti-V, and pegmatite deposits including 3 days of theoretical material, 7-8 days of exploration applications and case studies, and 1-2 days of field trips to Sudbury offset dikes. Topics (all continually updated) to be covered include: S and Cr solubility and metal partitioning in mafic-ultramafic magmas; generation of ‘fertile’ magmas; applications of stable and radiogenic isotopes in identifying S and metal sources (including mass-independent S isotope methods); structural controls on mineralization (NEW); sulfide transport and localization mechanisms; textures of sulfides ores, sulfide recalculation and plotting methods; geology, genesis, and exploration for Ni-Cu-(PGE) deposits in mafic-ultramafic lava channels, feeder sills, and magma conduits; geology, genesis, and exploration for PGE deposits in mafic-ultramafic layered intrusions, including multi-media lithogeochemical exploration methods (NEW); geology, genesis, and exploration for stratiform and podiform Cr deposits and Ti-V deposits in anorthosites and mafic-ultramafic intrusions (including those in recently-discovered “Ring of Fire” in northern Ontario); geology, genesis, and exploration for rare-element pegmatites; deformation of Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides. Case studies and laboratory practicals will include: Alexo (Ontario), Duluth (Minnesota), Kambalda (Western Australia), Noril’sk-Talnakh and Pechenga (Russia), Jinchuan (China), Thompson (Manitoba), Raglan (New Québec), Voisey’s Bay (Labrador), and Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE; Bushveld (South Africa) and Stillwater (Montana) PGE and Cr; and Lac des Iles, Thunder Bay North, and Nipissing-East Bull Lake PGE (Ontario).


Tentative Speakers: Dr. Sarah-Jane Barnes (UQAC), Dr. Paul Golightly (Consultant), Dr. Michel Houlé (GSC), Dr. Richard James (MERC), Dr. Pedro Jugo (MERC), Dr. Reid Keays (provisional – Monash/MERC), Dr. Daniel Kontak (MERC), Dr. Michael Lesher (MERC), Dr. Peter Lightfoot (Vale), Dr. James Mungall (U Toronto), Edward Pattison (Consultant), David Richardson (Glencore), Dr. Edward Ripley (Indiana U), Dr. Rebecca Sproule (Newgenco), Dr. Martin Tuchscherer (Canadian Royalties)



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Course Cost for Industry: $2250 (CDN) + HST for the entire course (including all course notes, materials, etc.) or $270 (CDN) + HST per day for individual course days.


When: April 3, 2016 – April 14, 2016

Register: Contact: Roxane Mehes at or (705) 673-6575

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