Vancouver Campus

SC117: Porphyry Copper Deposit Alteration & Exploration


November 15, 2022 - November 16, 2022    
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


UBC EOAS 5th Floor • Rm 5104 & 5106
2207 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC

Learn the practical skills needed to navigate and vector to mineralization within porphyry copper mineralizing environments to help you make your next discovery.

Porphyry copper deposits are a major source of Cu, Mo, Au and Ag and host widely distributed mineralization types at convergent plate boundaries, including skarn and superjacent high- and intermediate-sulfidation epithermal deposits. These deposits define linear belts (>100km) and commonly occur with cluster of stocks or dike bodies above a composite pluton with an alteration footprint of over 5-10km. Understanding metallogenic and ore-genetic processes, alteration and mineralization footprints at various scales, factors influencing enrichment and preservation of these deposits and techniques for targeting are essential for discovery of new resources.


This two-day course, focused on porphyry Cu-Mo and Cu-Au deposits and aimed at exploration geoscientists and students, provides a practical overview of porphyry deposits emphasizing exploration targeting and includes hands-on exercises using maps and rock samples from selected alkalic and calc-alkalic deposits.


  1. Anatomy of calc alkalic and alkalic porphyry deposits
  2. Exercises: Hands-on-exercise with maps, cross sections and rock samples from selected alkalic and calc alkalic porphyry deposits showing hostrock association, alteration and vein types, and mineralization. Suite of rocks includes samples from: Cerro Colorado (Chile), Reko Diq (Pakistan), El Galeno (Peru), Oyu Tolgoi (Mongolia), Highland Valley (BC), Red Chris (BC), Copper Mountain (BC), and Mount Polley (BC) and examples from a few other sites.


  1. Metallogeny of porphyry deposits
  2. Footprints of porphyry copper deposits
  3. Exercises: Hands-on-exercise with maps, cross sections and rock samples from selected (continue from day 1).
  4. Exercises: Synthetic exploration targeting.


UBC Vancouver Campus
EOAS 5th Floor
ROOM 5104 & 5106


  • MDRU Corporate Members: $590 + GST
  • Non-Members: $790 + GST
  • Students: $100 + GST
  • Project Partners: $100 + GST

Lunch and refreshments will be served.

A participant package with course details will be emailed one week prior to the commencement of the course.




To ensure registration for any short course, it is mandatory to make the full payment in advance. Please note that if our decision to conduct a course relies on reaching a minimum class size, refunds cannot be granted. Refunds will only be considered up to 3 weeks before the course commences, subject to a 15% administrative fee. Full refunds will be provided only if the minimum enrollment requirement is not met.