Greenstone Gold and Base Metal Mapping Course


Professional geoscientists who have recently entered the exploration sector, or professionals who are new to gold and base metal exploration in Precambrian Shields


  1. RECOGNIZE THE ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF WORLD CLASS ARCHEAN LODE GOLD AND VMS DISTRICTS: Recognize the essential components of world class ore systems
  2. LEARN OUTCROP MAPPING AND CORE LOGGING TECHNIQUES: Recognize and describe rock types/structures, define map units, produce field maps and graphic logs
  3. LEARN EXPLORATION MODELS AND METHODS: Learn geological, geochemical and geophysical exploration methodologies


DAY 1: Introduce the VMS model and key exploration criteria.

DAY 2: Introduce the Greenstone Au model and key exploration criteria.

DAY 3: Introduce mapping and core logging project areas.

DAY 4 & 5: Presentation of team mapping results and discussion. Industry guest lectures on VMS and Gold exploration models and methods.

DAY 6: Presentation of team mapping/core logging results. Map based geophysical interpretation and targeting exercise


DAY 1: Regional Transect in the Noranda area including the Pontiac-Dalembert Fault (an introduction to rock types, structure, alteration)

DAY 2: The VMS Model bottom to top – Amulet – Powell-Horne area

DAY 3: The Greenstone Gold Model – Larder – Cadillac Break

DAY 4 & 5: Mapping and core logging exercises

DAY 6: Morning - mapping and logging exercises, Afternoon – Exploration Geophysics lectures

DAY 7: Displays, feedback on products and wrap up presentations. 


$3000/person (all inclusive cost except travel to and from Sudbury). $2800 for early registration by March 31, 2018 (non Merc members). MERC member discounts apply.

For information and registration, please contact Christine Rodrigue

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