Wednesday, June 04, 2014

UA short course on ore deposits mapping

We received this announcement today and  are sharing it in full:

University of Arizona Lowell Program in Economic Geology
Short Course on Ore Deposits Mapping
August 28 - September 6, 2014

Yerington porphyry and skarn mapping exercises, and field trip of ore-forming systems in the Great Basin

Dear Colleagues:
We are opening registration for the tenth offering of our Short Course on Ore Deposits Mapping, which
will take place Thursday, August 28 through Saturday, September 6, 2014. A tentative outline is
given below.

Course Details:
As has been tradition in the U of A’s advanced ore deposits curriculum over the last 15 years, Mark
Barton and Eric Seedorff will again be leading the extended field trip and mapping course through the
Great Basin. It will be an opportunity to see ore deposits of various types and ages, set in the context of
the structural and magmatic evolution of the region. The trip is designed for graduate students taking an
advanced ore deposits class, but we will make available approximately 25 seats for members of industry.
The trip will include a focused multi-day introduction to the “Anaconda-style” of detailed mapping in
the Yerington district, Nevada. The district contains porphyry copper and skarn mineralization, but the
mapping method is adaptable to any type of deposit. As part of this, we highlight how mapping can be
used to understand zoning, the time-space evolution of mineralizing systems, and the relationships to the
fundamental phase equilibria of hydrothermal alteration. In addition to numerous other geologic stops,
the trip also anticipates to include overviews and/or tours of the following districts and deposits:
  • Tonopah, Nevada [low-sulfidation epithermal Ag-Au],
  • Goldfield, Nevada [high-sulfidation epithermal Au],
  • Birch Creek, California [F-Be-W-(Zn) greisen/skarn],
  • Humboldt, Nevada [IOCG occurrences],
  • Eureka district, Nevada [partially superimposed systems, with a Carlin-type Au mine at Archimedes, a porphyry Mo-Cu to replacement Zn-Pb-Ag deposit at Ruby Hill, and the top of a F-W-Zn-Be-(Mo-Sn) system at McCullough Butte]
  • Robinson district, Nevada [porphyry Cu-(Mo-Au) and related skarn and distal Au-Ag deposits].

The trip is 10 days round trip from Las Vegas, covering about 25
participants should plan to arrive in Las Vegas no later than Wednesday evening August 27, as the trip
leaves early on Thursday morning August 28. Industry participants should also plan to depart from Las
Vegas no earlier than late Thursday evening September 06, 2014.
00 miles in 4WD vehicles. Industry

The early registration cost of the trip for non-university participants is US$3,200, which includes ground
transportation, all lunches in the field, double-occupancy accommodations in motels each night during
the trip, and course materials. Breakfasts and most dinners are the responsibility of participants. Industry
participants also will need to provide their own transportation to and from Las Vegas as well as their
accommodations the night preceding and following the trip. Please respond via e-mail to for reservations. Register soon! This sort course sells out quickly.

Please find enclosed to this letter all registration materials (registration and foreign visitor statement
forms in English and in Spanish as well as the documentation required for foreign nationals (non US
citizens) so that you can forward this information to your co-workers and friends.

Visit our webpage: to learn more about our program and short courses
We also take the opportunity to inform you that our Short Course on Porphyry Deposits will take place
again December 9-18, 2014. This 9-day short course has a focus on exploration geology that includes
3½ days of lectures and 2 days of labs in Tucson, and 3½ days of field trips to representative ore
systems in Arizona. As in years past, we will send the registration materials for this course in late July.

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