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posted on March 25, 2019

MDRU SC105: Integrated Techniques to Identify Cryptic Distal Alteration in Porphyry Deposits


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Identifying subtle and cryptic alteration signatures related to mineralized porphyry deposits is imperative as exploration for these systems is now mostly all under cover.  The NSERC-CMIC footprints project (2013-2018) combined multiple parameters, including geology, structure, alteration, lithochemistry, petrophysical properties, and geophysics to define new footprints and vectors related to porphyry mineralization. This full-day short course presents results from this project and will highlight the techniques, work flows, and alteration signatures (including sodic-calcic and propylitic) in both hard rock and cover (soil, till).  The course will include hand samples from the study for hands-on exercises in identifying the distal alteration features of porphyry copper deposits.

Who should attend:

This course is open to geologists and geophysicists from industry, government, or academia.  No previous formal training in porphyry copper deposit exploration is required.


April 8, 2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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General Admission:
165 + GST


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Coffee/tea/snack and lunch buffet will be provided.


This is a short course in partnership with KEG 2019.


Robert Lee
Research Associate

Robert received his Ph.D at Oregon State University in 2008 where he worked on the formation and mineral chemistry of the El Salvador porphyry copper deposit in northern Chile. Upon completion of his dissertation he worked in industry with the major mining company Freeport McMoran where he was part of the greenfields exploration team working on projects in North America, Philippines, and Europe. Since 2014 he has been at UBC as the lead researcher for the CMIC-footprints project a large scale multi-collaborative endeavor to define new innovative methods towards the distal expression and vectoring towards economic ore deposits. Additionally he is also working on the Western Tethyan II project as the lead geochronologist.

Robert's main expertise is in the formation of and chemical composition of porphyry copper deposits and techniques both physical and chemical in which to explore for them. He has also conducted work on mineral chemical composition related to economic ore deposits and how this can be related to fertility and exploration, specifically focused on but not limited to zircon.

Guillaume Lesage
Project Geologist
Teck Resources Limited

Since 2014, I have been a PhD candidate with the CMIC Footprints project, studying the district-scale expression of the large Highland Valley Copper porphyry systems. In the past I worked for Gold Field Limited for 3 years, and I currently work full time as a Project Geologist for Teck Resources Limited. I received my undergraduate degree from Université Laval in 2008 and my M.Sc. from the University of Alberta in 2011. I have a strong technical background working with porphyry and epithermal systems in Canada, the Philippines, Mexico and Colombia.