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posted on September 21, 2022

SOLD OUT! SC117: Porphyry Copper Deposit Alteration & Exploration | Nov 15 & 16, 2022


Learn the practical skills needed to navigate and vector to mineralization within porphyry copper mineralizing environments to help you make your next discovery.

Porphyry copper deposits are a major source of Cu, Mo, Au and Ag and host widely distributed mineralization types at convergent plate boundaries, including skarn and superjacent high- and intermediate-sulfidation epithermal deposits. These deposits define linear belts (>100km) and commonly occur with cluster of stocks or dike bodies above a composite pluton with an alteration footprint of over 5-10km. Understanding metallogenic and ore-genetic processes, alteration and mineralization footprints at various scales, factors influencing enrichment and preservation of these deposits and techniques for targeting are essential for discovery of new resources.

This two-day course, focused on porphyry Cu-Mo and Cu-Au deposits and aimed at exploration geoscientists and students, provides a practical overview of porphyry deposits emphasizing exploration targeting and includes hands-on exercises using maps and rock samples from selected alkalic and calc-alkalic deposits.

Day 1

  1. Anatomy of calc alkalic and alkalic porphyry deposits
  2. Exercises: Hands-on-exercise with maps, cross sections and rock samples from selected alkalic and calc alkalic porphyry deposits showing hostrock association, alteration and vein types, and mineralization. Suite of rocks includes samples from: Cerro Colorado (Chile), Reko Diq (Pakistan), El Galeno (Peru), Oyu Tolgoi (Mongolia), Highland Valley (BC), Red Chris (BC), Copper Mountain (BC), and Mount Polley (BC) and examples from a few other sites.

Day 2

  1. Metallogeny of porphyry deposits
  2. Footprints of porphyry copper deposits
  3. Exercises: Hands-on-exercise with maps, cross sections and rock samples from selected (continue from day 1).
  4. Exercises: Synthetic exploration targeting.

*  This is an in-person short course.


November 15, 2022 @ 8:30 am
November 16, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
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MDRU Corporate Members:
$590 + GST
$790 + GST
$100 + GST
Project Partners:
100 + GST


UBC EOAS 5th Floor • Rm 5104 & 5106
2207 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada
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Lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks are included.


Farhad Bouzari
Research Associate

Porphyry Systems; Alteration Footprints; Porphyry Indicator Minerals and Porphyry Fertility. My main research interests are anatomy and evolution of the porphyry copper deposits particularly distal and deep features and their application in vectoring towards mineralization. I have also interest in developing new exploration techniques for exploring ore deposits in covered terrains and understand the supergene processes and mineralogy.

Robert Lee
Research Associate

Porphyry Footprints. My 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. I am also interested in mineral chemical composition related to economic ore deposits and how this can be related to fertility and exploration specifically focussed on but not limited to zircon.