MERC Professional Development Courses
MERC expanded its course offerings to include a new “Greenstone Gold and Base Metal Exploration Field Mapping Course” taught by Howard Poulsen, Harold Gibson and Richard Smith in May 2013. The 7-day course, held in the classic Kirkland Lake - Rouyn-Noranda mining districts, stressed mapping, core logging, and geophysical techniques required for base and precious metal exploration in Precambrian Shield terranes. The course was designed for professional geoscientists who have recently entered the exploration sector, or for professionals who are new to gold and base metal exploration in Precambrian Shields. The course was a tremendous success, and attracted 21 participants from international mining companies and the Ontario Geological Survey. This course is planned to be held again in 2015.
Planned new Professional Development Courses include:
Environmental Issues in Exploration, Mining and Remediation
November, 2014: 1 day short course associated with the Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium in Sudbury.
Advances in Surficial Exploration Methods
December 2014: 2 day short course at Laurentian University
New Research Results on Abitibi Greenstone Belt Metallogeny
April 17, 2014: 1 day short course associated with the 2014 Northeastern Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium in Timmins.
Metallogeny, Stratigraphy and Tectonics of the Abitibi greenstone belt and the Huronian Supergroup
September 2014: 5 day field transect
Economics of Exploration in Difficult Times
Fall 2014: 2-3 day short course at Laurentian University