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posted on December 1, 2020

MDRU SC111: Alteration Footprints and New Exploration Approaches for Carlin-type Gold Deposits (AME Roundup 2021 *)


The short course will focus on regional to local-scale controls on Carlin-type gold. In particular on exploration approaches, and tools that are able to recognize the cryptic but large hydrothermal alteration footprint of Carlin-type gold deposits. This three-day course is built on more than 15 years of research on Carlin-type gold deposits in Nevada and the Yukon); it will be delivered virtually with segments of lectures, as well as breakout groups with exercises.


Day 1 (Feb 4)        Hydrogeology and geochemical expression of Carlin-type gold deposits

Day 2 (Feb 5)        Hydrogeology and geology of Carlin-type gold deposits

Day 3 (Feb 8)        Exploring for Carlin-type gold deposits


In Preparation for your Course:

  • Digitized course materials will be made available to all participants few days prior to the short course (a link will be shared).



MDRU Corporate Members:
MDRU Member & AME Member | $295 + GST
$400 & $600 + GST
Student & AME Member | $75 + GST
75 + GST


Jeanne Liu, MDRU Events

Course Program

Day 1 - Hydrology and geochemical expression of Carlin-type gold deposits
  • Introduction
Day 1 - Exploration Haloes to Carlin-type Gold Deposits: Theory & Application
  • Carbonate dissolution and gold deposition
  • Carbonate alteration and geochemical haloes
  • Vein haloes (Steiner)
  • Isotopic haloes (Barker)
  • Thermal haloes (Hickey)
Day -1 - Intro to Takeaway Activity
Day 2 - Activity Recap of Day 1
Day 2 - Hydrology and geology of Carlin-type gold deposits
  • Principles of hydrostatic hydrology
  • Fracture vs stratigraphic permeability in Carlin-type deposits
  • Controls Controls and Geometry of fluid flow in Carlin depositsand Geometry of fluid flow in Carlin deposits
  • Tectonic, magmatic and stratigraphic architecture, and paleogeographic setting in Nevada: why is this the area for CTGDs?
Day 2 - Intro to Takeaway Activity
Day 3 - Activity Recap of Day 2
Day 3 - Exploring for Carlin-type gold deposits
  • Practical methods for recognizing reaction fronts in Carlin-type gold deposits
  • Lithogeochemistry in Carlin-type gold deposits
Day 3 - Conclusions and Recap
Day 3 - Open Discussion


Dr. Shaun Barker

Shaun Barker is the Director of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at UBC. Shaun has a background of geochemistry, mineralogy and structural geology. Shaun's research focuses on the application of geochemical and isotopic tools to understand the flow of hydrothermal fluids through the Earth's crust, with a particular focus on hydrothermal ore deposits. Shaun is involved in a diverse range of research projects and has worked on a variety of gold and copper deposits. Shaun has particular research expertise on vectoring within the cryptic alteration footprints of various carbonate-hosted ore deposit types, including Carlin-type gold deposits in Nevada, and the Mount Isa Cu deposit in Queensland. Currently, he also leads the AMIRA P1206 research project, on the application of resistate indicator mineral chemistry in exploration for sedimentary-hosted Cu deposits. 

Dr. Kenneth Hickey
Assistant Professor & Director of the EOSC 328 Geological Field School

Ken received his Ph.D. from James Cook University, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at The University of British Columbia. Ken began his research career as a structural/metamorphic geologist analyzing deformation and metamorphic mineral growth in rocks from a range of metamorphic belts around the world. Following a move to UBC in the early 2000s, Ken's research interest transitioned to the flow of metalliferous fluids and the genesis of hydrothermal mineral deposits. He uses a multidisciplinary approach, integrating structural geology, regional geology, paleogeography, thermochronology, geochronology, and geochemistry to build a more complete picture of ore-system evolution and ore-deposit genesis. Field relationships are a core requirement for understanding the geological framework of any mineral deposit and much of Ken’s research is based around geological mapping. Ken has worked extensively on the Carlin Au-deposits of northern Nevada, USA, and currently has projects focused on fluid flow responsible for the Carlin-type gold system of the Nadaleen region in the Yukon, and on the structural evolution of the Zn-Pb deposits of the eastern Selwyn basin, Yukon.

Andrew Steiner
PhD Candidate

Andrew Steiner is a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His thesis focuses on unravelling the processes that form carbonate-hosted hydrothermal deposits and centres around the Nadaleen trend Carlin-type gold deposits in Yukon. Andrew’s research couples classic field geology techniques with novel geochemical methods such as clumped isotope thermometry, carbonate U-Pb geochronology, and luminescence. He received his B.Sc. Hons. degree from the University of Glasgow in 2017.