Ore Microscopy and Ore Analysis

  • Typ: Übung (Ü)
  • Lehrstuhl: KIT-Fakultäten - KIT-Fakultät für Bauingenieur-, Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften
  • Semester: WS 22/23
  • Dozent: Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb
    Dr. Clifford Patten
    Dr. Benjamin Walter
  • SWS: 2
  • LVNr.: 6339097
  • Hinweis: Präsenz

The students know the fundamental approach of describing samples from ore deposits (hand specimen, drill core) and thin and polished sections. They can analyze the samples and relate them to the specific ore deposit type. They know the specific textures and are able to discuss them in order to develop a model for the mineralization or hydrothermal alteration 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. They know, how to make meaningful sketches and how to present their observations and interpretation in written and oral formats.

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


This course is directly connected to the lectures ore-forming processes.