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Transported and highly weathered overburden remains an impediment to the discovery of mineral deposits across the globe. Geochemistry has been a major and successful component of mineral discovery in residual terrains, however, its application in transported overburden is poorly understood, poorly executed and often contentious in application and interpretation. This short course will examine through practical case studies combined with clear theory and geochemical principles, the application of exploration geochemistry in transported overburden within four different climatic/tectonic regions:
- Northern latitudes, stable continental, concealed by till – Canada; Scandinavia, Russia
- Arid/hyper-arid deserts, tectonically active/inactive – Chile, Mexico, SW-USA, Namibia;
- Tropical, stable continental, deeply weathered – Central Africa, central-NE S. America;
- Arid, Stable continental, deeply weathered – Australia, West Africa.
Who should attend:
Geologists, junior Geochemists, Exploration managers, Project managers.
The course is aimed at providing the exploration geologist/manager with a suite of common sense applied geochemical exploration tools applicable to the different environmental regions.
What to bring:
Short course material and presentations are uploaded on USB flash drives and will be provided to each participant upon arrival. Feel free to bring your laptop and battery pack, pen and notepad. We recommend you dress accordingly as the conference room temperature may vary.
Top 5 Take-aways:
- Basic principles of Exploration Geochemistry and anomaly formation
- Development of the current surface environment, impact on geochemistry
- Sampling media, sample program design, appropriate analytical techniques
- Data interpretation in the context of the environment
- Pitfalls and inappropriate applications to avoid
* Short course will be hosted at BCIT Downtown Campus Room 280-284 (a short walk away from the Vancouver Convention Centre East).