Greenstone Gold & Base Metal Mapping Course

MERC and the Society of Economic Geologists present a greenstone gold and base metal mapping course May 3 -10, 2020. This course is best suited for professional geoscientists who have recently entered the exploration sector, or professionals who are new to gold and base metal exploration in Precambrian Shields

 

OBJECTIVES:

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, and geochemical exploration methodologies.

 

INSTRUCTORS:

HOWARD POULSEN, formerly with the Geological Survey of Canada, currently an international consultant globally recognized as an expert in greenstone gold deposits and Precambrian Geology.

HAROLD GIBSON, Professor of Volcanology and Ore Deposits and former Director of MERC and Metal Earth at Laurentian University. Internationally recognized expert in volcanic ore deposits and submarine volcanic processes, deposits and environments.

ROSS SHERLOCK, Chair in Exploration Targetting and director of MERC and Metal Earth at Laurentian University. Over 28 years of experience in the mining industry and academic research. Most recently as Vice President at Kinross Gold Corp and Exploration Manager at Gold Fields.

 

FIELD WORK PLAN:

  • DAY 1: Regional Transect in the Noranda area from Pontiac to Dalembert (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 & 6 Mapping and core logging exercises
  • DAY 7: Displays, feedback on products and wrap up presentations.

 

EVENING LECTURES:

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 interpretation and targeting exercise.

 

REGISTRATION:

COST:

$3300+HST/person (all inclusive cost except travel to and from Sudbury). $3000+HST for early registration by March 31, 2020 (non Merc members).

MERC member discounts apply. Link to online registration to be provided.