MERC – Modular Course in Structure, Tectonics, and Mineral Exploration – August 24 to September 7, 2015

Earth Sciences, GSM Events, MERC

MERC – Modular Course:

Structure, Tectonics, and Mineral Exploration

GEOL 5307 – August 24 – September 7, 2015

Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University

Course Description:
14-day field-based course in structural geology applied to gold deposits offered by the Department of Earth Sciences (DES) and Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) at Laurentian University. The course addresses the tectonic and structural controls on gold mineralization at Hemlo, the Beardmore-Geraldton Belt, and Kirkland Lake in the Superior Province, northern Ontario.  Kinematic indicators in shear zones will be examined, and fundamentals of structural field analysis will be taught in the field. Mapping exercises will be done to determine the geometry and dynamic significance of quartz vein systems in shear-hosted gold deposits. Classic examples of orogenic and iron formation-hosted epigenetic gold mineralization will be examined and discussed.  By the end of the course, participants will have learned: (1) to determine the sense of movement in shear zones, (2) to do a geometrical structural analysis of a multiply deformed area, and (3) to recognize local and regional structural controls on gold mineralization.


Instructor: Professor Bruno Lafrance (DES/MERC)


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Course Cost for Industry: $2000 (CDN) + GST. Includes transportation during the course.
When: August 24 – September 7, 2015.
Register: Contact: Roxane Mehes at or (705) 673-6575
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