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Porphyry copper systems can be huge, but form from a predictable series predictable set of features that are related to ore formation, the cooling of hydrothermal fluids, and their reactions with the host rocks. Smart Exploration Geologists can exploit this predictability if they can recognize these features. This course will explain the patterns, trends and geometry of porphyry system geology, mineralization and vein types, alteration assemblages, mineralogy, geochemistry, physical properties and geophysical signatures, and the tools and methods to use them. This critical information, once integrated, forms the foundation to improved exploration decision-making to vector towards the central and more highly-mineralized part of the porphyry system. Full course schedule is available here.
- Porphyry systems are large and zoned – don’t get lost, be able to recognize the patterns
- Veins, styles of mineralization and alteration generally form predictable patterns
- Mineralogical, spectral, geochemical, petrophysical and geophysical patterns each tell a story
- Integration and interpretation of observations and data will illuminate the path
- Hands-on exercises with classic rock samples in the context of deposits to provide direct learnings
In Preparation for your Course:
- Digitized course materials will be made available to all participants one day prior to the short course (a link will be shared).
- There will be free Wi-Fi access onsite.
- Please bring hand lens, swing pivot magnet and materials to take notes. Handout exercise(s) will be prepared and given upon your arrival.
* Short course will be hosted at BCIT Downtown Campus Room 280-284 (a short walk away from the Vancouver Convention Centre East).