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posted on November 14, 2021

MDRU SC115: Learn How to Turn Lithogeochemistry Data into Value (AME Roundup 2022 *)


Many companies are now collecting high-quality near-complete digest 4-acid ICPMS and whole rock XRF lithogeochemical data as a routine mineral exploration data set. These data can be used to map lithology, recognise and quantify alteration, vector towards mineralization in ore deposits as well as provide information important for mining and mineral processing.

In this course, participants will learn various approaches for getting the most value from their lithogeochemical data. It will cover concepts and approaches for including the pros and cons of various lab methods, data interpretation including element ratio analysis, interpreting and quantifying alteration from lithogeochemical data, chemostratigraphy, and lithogeochemical classification based on compositional data.

Top takeaways:

  1. Pros and cons for various lithogeochemical laboratory methods
  2. Learn how to robustly interpret lithogeochemical data
  3. Predict mineralogy from geochemistry
  4. Classify your rocks using compositional data
  5. Hands-on datasets, and introduction to geochemical data software tools (commercial and open-source)

*  This is a hybrid short course; the in-person component will be held off-site.


January 29 @ 9:00 am
January 30 @ 4:30 pm
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MDRU Corporate Members:
In-Person: Early Bird & Regular -$695 | $825 + GST
In-Person: Early Bird & Regular $950 | $1195 + GST
Student & AME Member | $450 + GST
Virtual (Member & Non-Member):
$625 | $995 + GST


Jeanne Liu, MDRU Events

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Coffee/tea and refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks will be included for in-person attendees.


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. Cliff Stanley
Professor, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Science, Acadia University