Fall 2017 - EASC 628 G100

Advanced Mineral Deposits (3)

Class Number: 8126

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    RCB 5125, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Daniel Marshall
    1 778 782-5474
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7231
  • Prerequisites:

    Undergraduate geology degree or permission of the instructor.



A graduate-level overview of the role tectonics and fluid-rock interaction play in the genesis and spatial distribution of ore deposits. Basic skills used to aid the understanding of, and exploration for, ore deposits will be reviewed, including aspects of geophysics, geochemistry, petrography, and field methods. The focus of the course will be tailored to the technical background of the students, and the concepts and skills most relevant to their research interests and needs. Students with credit for EASC 401 may not take this course for further credit.


The course will be a combination of: (i) seminar-style classes with readings and student presentations; (ii) lab style exercises; and (iii) a term paper. All students will be expected to be able to lead the discussion of assigned readings. Students will develop skills related to asking and assessing scientific questions, synthesizing and presenting the results of scientific studies, and debating the assumptions and validity of conclusions outlined in published papers.

Recommended courses: An undergraduate earth sciences degree including an undergraduate course in geochemistry, ore deposits, sedimentology, igneous and metamorphic petrology and instructor’s permission


Course Topics:
- Introduction to mineral resourses
- Geochemical and geophysical exploration techniques
- Fluid-mineral interactions
- Igneous ore-forming processes
- Magmatic hydrothermal ore-forming processes
- Metamorphic hydrothermal ore-forming processes
- Surficial and supergene ore-forming processes
- Sedimentary ore-forming processes
- Ore deposits in a global tectonic context

Course Organization:
Two 1 hour lectures and a 3 hour microscope- and specimen-based laboratory per week with a mixture of weekly and biweekly assignments, short presentations and a term research paper.


  • Midterm examination 10%
  • Laboratory assignments 15%
  • Microscopy exam 10%
  • Final lab examination 15%
  • Research paper 15%
  • Oral presentations 10%
  • Final exam 25%


Absence from class or from lab can make learning the course material difficult and thus missing class or labs may result in missed material and poorer grades. The Professor is unable to provide individual tutoring for students who miss classes or other course offerings.



Course Materials:
Course text:  Selected Readings. The course will be partially seminar based. Participation marks will be based on students’ abilities to assimilate, ask questions on, make presentations on, and discuss the assigned readings.

Online materials: 
The materials for reading assignments will be provided. Powerpoint lecture materials and laboratory instructions will be posted online.

Additional Resources:
Ridley, J. (2013): Ore deposit geology. Cambridge University Press.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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