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Welcome to the Mineral Deposit Research Unit

The Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) is a collaborative venture between the mining industry and The University of British Columbia (UBC). The unit, which was established in 1989 with support and financial assistance from the mining industry and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), is an important part of the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and an internationally recognized research group devoted to solving mineral exploration-related problems. (read more)


New Initiatives and Research Opportunities


Tethyan Metallogeny 2

Improving regional, district, and camp-scale metallogeny and geology from Turkey to Romania

Alan Wainwright, Craig Hart, Thomas Bissig, Farhad Bouzari, Mana Rahimi

The Western Tethyan orogenic belt is a composite tectono-magmatic terrane that extends from Pakistan to central Europe. A large number of significant porphyry, epithermal and intrusion-related gold, and base-metal deposits are hosted in the region, including giants such as Reko Diq, Sar Cheshmeh and Bor, as well as recent high-grade discoveries such as Cukaru Peki and Hot Maden. The region is challenging to work in due to the inconsistent nature and lack of coherence in pre-competitive geoscientific data (geological, geophysical and metallogenic)between and across the various jurisdictions.

Significant advances have been made by MDRU in the Tethyan metallogenic belt since 2003. The first module (2012-2016; WT1) successfully added, compiled and improved data acquisition and availability across 10 countries, including:

    • GIS compilations of geology at scales of 1:500k or better;
    • Mineral occurrence database compilation;
    • New geochronology data and compilation;
    • New geochemical data and compilation;
    • Regional geophysics

(read more)

Tailings Innovation

Multi-disciplinary approaches to tailings management, maturation and utilization

Greg Dipple, Craig Hart, Dirk van Zyl

This project will tackle some of the major challenges regarding tailings facing the mining industry. A think tank of industry engineers and geologists, academics, environmental operators and stakeholders have identified three key areas of focus for this project: Material Characterization, Tailings Maturation, and Incentives versus Risks.

By bringing together leaders in the industry with funding from multiple stakeholder groups we will address these topics in an integrated approach.

(read more about the UBC Tailings Initiative)


Upcoming Short Courses in 2018

Geometallurgy Practical Short Course

May 22-25, 2018
Practical exercises, lectures, and computer-based modelling over four days provide participants with the tools to begin implementing geometallurgical data collection and analysis.

Southern BC Porphyry Copper Deposit Field Course

June 9-15, 2018
This 6-day field course focuses on mapping and understanding Porphyry Cu-Au systems in southern BC. Lessons include field techniques, methodology, and alteration characterization. Registration through RFG 2018.

MDRU Highlights

Press Release:
$2.5M Boost to Exploration Geochemistry
Press Release:
MDRU rises to the Integra Gold Rush Challenge

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Visit our Public Geoscience Products page to download recent posters and maps presented by MDRU researchers and students in public scientific forums.

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