This seven-day long field trip focuses on the porphyry Cu-Au systems in the prolific Late Triassic Quesnel Terrane(Quesnellia) of southern British Columbia. It will provide participants with exposure to various types of porphyry deposits, mineralization and alteration styles, mining methods and background lectures. In particular, participants will see alteration types associated with alkaline porphyry systems. Participants will also be exposed to the Anaconda Mapping Method, which can be variably practiced at surface and bench mapping scales as well as a MDRU-modified approach for core-logging. Participants will include a mix of industry and MDRU graduate students and researchers. For UBC students, this trip is part of a course requirement.
The course is based in the southern Quesnel Terrane around the porphyry deposits near Kamloops and the Copper Mountain district, near the town of Princeton. These represent important alkalic Cu-Au porphyry deposits that characterize British Columbia’s metallogeny. The regional geology is also characterized to provide context to the nature of the Late Triassic arc whence the deposits formed. The region is well-exposed and the open pits and surrounding outcrops provides a fantastic natural laboratory. Evening lectures will provide insight, context and an opportunity for discussion and socializing.
The course will provide an introduction to the mapping of alteration, lithology, mineralization and structures associated with porphyry deposits. The focus will be on the field techniques and methodology, but the course will also provide a good field introduction into the geology of alkalic porphyry Cu-Au systems and include technical presentations and discussion on setting of BC porphyry deposits and alterations applied to exploration of porphyry copper deposits. Participants should be comfortable underground, in open pits and on uneven terrain and have appropriate boots and clothing.
Fees include all transportation, accommodation, and training materials. Lunches will be supplied most days: breads, cheese, meat, cookies etc. Breakfasts and dinners are not supplied but continental breakfasts are available at the hotel. Welcome and farewell BBQs are included with registration. Otherwise, individuals have the opportunity to select from a variety of dining options in the towns of Kamloops and Princeton. Participants are expected to bring outdoor gear appropriate for cold & windy weather, a knapsack, water bottle, as well as typical mapping equipment for a minesite such as rock hammer, hand lens, notebook, and PPE (CSA-approved safety boots, safety glasses, hard hats and safety vest required; please bring your own).
Participants with an interest in porphyry copper systems, particularly the alkaline variety, and an appreciation of alteration types and styles will get the greatest benefit from this course.
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