Ore-forming processes


The students know the principle ore deposit models and can use this knowledge in order to interpret their sample set that comes from different parts or zones of an ore deposit. They understand the different scales that are involved in ore deposit formation and are able to use their observations to interpret and discuss the scale-dependent processes involved in mineralization. The students know the principle methods of mineral exploration and are able to translate geological observations into key parameters for mineral exploration.
The students know how to analyze short scientific papers and are able to understand and present the main message. They can relate the message in the paper to own observations and present a joint interpretation.

Copper Porphyry-Epithermal Au-Ag deposits

Skarn deposits

VMS deposits

SEDEX deposits

MVT-SSC deposits

Orogenic gold deposits

Lateritic Al & Fe deposits, BIF

Orthomagmatic Ni-PGE-Cu-Au deposits

Pegmatite-related deposits

Magmatic REE-Nb-Ta deposits

Magmatic Cr & V-Ti deposits

67.5 hours lectures and practicals and 82.5 self-study time


Robb, L., 2005: Introduction to Ore-Forming Processes. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 373 pp.
Ridley, J., 2013: Ore Deposit Geology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 398 pp.
Guilbert, J.M. & Park, C.F., 2007: The Geology of Ore Deposits. Waveland Press, 985 pp.
Pirajno, F., 2009: Hydrothermal Processes and Mineral Systems. Springer, Heidelberg, 1250 pp.