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SC132: Distal Footprints and Characteristics of Porphyry Deposits in Arizona


November 1, 2024 - November 9, 2024    
All Day

Distal Footprints and Characteristics of Porphyry Deposits in Arizona

Join MDRU for a 9-day field trip short course on November 1 to 9, 2024


This 9-day field trip will introduce participants to the Late Cretaceous to Paleogene Laramide porphyry copper province in Arizona. We have partnered with industry members in Arizona to provide comprehensive overviews of at least six porphyry systems in the district. In particular, we will evaluate intrusive, alteration, structural, and tectonic characteristics of each system and discuss methods for exploration. We expect a range of participants with different expertise and will make time for discussion and review.


The course takes place in east-central Arizona in the Laramide copper porphyry province, one of the world’s premier sources of copper. These deposits include examples of calc-alkalic Cu-Mo and Cu porphyry deposits that represent an important part of Arizona’s copper endowment.  Participants also learn about the regional geology to provide context for the Late Cretaceous to Paleogene Laramide orogenic event and subsequent Cenezoic structural overprint related to the Basin and Range province. The region is well-exposed; our visits will include open pits, roadcuts, and surrounding outcrops.


We will visit a different porphyry system each day of the trip, including but not limited to: Copper Cities (BHP), Copper Creek (Faraday Copper), Ray (ASARCO), Resolution (Resolution Copper/Rio Tinto), Santa Cruz (Ivanhoe Electric), San Manuel-Kalamazoo (BHP), U.S. Highway 60 Mapping Exercise

Participants in this course will be a mix of industry and MDRU graduate students and researchers. All participants should be comfortable in open pits and on uneven terrain.



Phoenix, east-central Arizona, USA



Robert G. Lee (BHP), Matthew Manor (MDRU), and Shaun Barker (MDRU).



Vehicles will leave a designated hotel in Phoenix on the morning of November 2nd and return the evening of November 8th. Daily transportation to all field sites is provided.



Travel to and from Phoenix is not provided in the cost of this trip. Participants are required to purchase their own flights to be in Phoenix for an orientation meeting at 7:00 pm on November 1st (location TBD).



Six nights of shared hotel accommodation (double) provided in Globe and Oro Valley.

Blocks will be provided to participants for individual bookings in Phoenix (November 1st and 8th), but please note that the cost of this accommodation is NOT included in the field trip cost.



Breakfast will be included at each hotel and picnic-style lunches will be provided daily for site visits. Dinners will be the responsibility of the participant except for one group dinner during the week that is covered in the cost.



All participants are required to bring their own PPE. This includes a minimum of CSA-certified steel-toed boots and high visibility vest/clothing.



The following pricing includes the course, course materials, accommodation/transportation during the course and daily picnic-style lunch as outlined above. Successful applicants will receive an invoice via email with a link for online payment.
Prices are in Canadian dollars. 5% GST will be added to the amounts shown below.

    Accommodation Options Shared SOLO
    MDRU Member $4,900 Addl $1,000
    MDRU Non-Member $6,000 Addl $1,000


Expressions of Interest

To express your interest in joining the field trip, kindly complete the EOI form.
Registration deadline: April 30, 2024

EOI Form





1. Processing Applications: Your application will be processed in the order in which it was received.
PLEASE NOTE: preference will be given to MDRU Members and Project Sponsors. High demand courses may have a limit of participants per company. MDRU Student/Postdoc EOIs are subject to supervisor approval.

2. Notification Timeline: You’ll receive an update within two weeks regarding your application status. This notification will let you know if you’ve secured a spot for the trip or if you’re placed on the waitlist.

3. Waitlist Communication: If any spots open up due to cancellations or changes, we’ll reach out to those on the waitlist and offer them the chance to join the trip.
We appreciate your patience and enthusiasm for the trip.
To ensure registration for any short course, it is mandatory to make the full payment in advance. Please note that given the logistics of field trip advanced bookings, refunds cannot be granted. Full refunds will be provided only if the minimum enrollment requirement is not met.