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posted on May 7, 2020

MDRU Virtual SC110: Enhancing Your Exploration Program with Zircon – Learn How It Works


This virtual short course * will be instructed through technical presentations, followed by breakout room discussions.  It is scheduled on Tuesday, May 26 from 9:00am PST – 12:00pm PST (3 hours); a follow-up 1 hour Q&A session is also made available on Friday, May 29th at 10:00am PST to review take-home assignment.  You will learn the application of zircon chronology and mineral chemistry to exploration targeting and the fundamentals.

Note:  The attendance and participation of this virtual short course could be reported as 4 continuing education/development hours under Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC).


Top Short Course Goals:

  • Zircon is your “friend”; let’s demystify it!
  • How to choose the appropriate rock/till/sampling strategy for geochronology?
  • How can geochronology contribute to risk reduction in mineral exploration?
  • What is magma fertility and why does it matter for the exploration of porphyry copper deposits? How can it be monitored by zircon trace element composition?

In Preparation for your Course:

  • No prerequisite; a general understanding of geochronology or mineral chemistry may be recommended
  • Please ensure you have a stable internet connection
  • Course work/material will be made available to all participants a few days prior to the short course (a link will be shared)
  • Sofware recommended: Microsoft Office Suite

Who Should Attend?

  • PGeos, GITs (geologists in training), Exploration Geologists, Geoscientists, Project Managers, Researchers & Students

Post-Virtual Short Course

  • An e-certificate will be emailed to you once you have completed this short course


We understand that it is a challenging period during COVID, special rates are considered under the students and underemployment category.  Limited seats are made available at this time; please email us directly via mdruevents@eoas.ubc.ca.


*  a reasonably-sized, small number of attendees is recommended for this short course; depending on interest, we may open up another date to accommodate accordingly.



MDRU Corporate Members:
195 + GST
295 + GST
50 + GST
50 + GST


Jeanne Liu, MDRU Events