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Students may only enrol in this Special Topic course on the advice of the Department of Geological Sciences.
RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY This course deals with Resource Geology as it relates to Metallic and Non-Metallic Materials, and Environmental Management implications of their extraction. It complements GEOL338 Engineering and Mining Geology, which together provide a “package” of Applied Geology papers for the graduating geologist. GEOL342 is a part replacement for the ore geology part of GEOL 337 Geothermal and Ore Exploration, which is now discontinued. Term One deals with “everyday minerals and non-metallic deposits”, including aggregates, armourstone, cement and lime applications, clays and ceramic products, brine-sourced chemicals, and renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Laboratories focus on aggregates, cement and lime stabilisation as methods for improving the durability characteristics of natural materials. There is an ‘in-class’ visit to a local producing aggregate quarry. Term Two deals with “metalliferous ore deposits and exploration”. Principal focus is on hydrothermal ore fluids and systems covering a range of igneous and metamorphic environments, including ore microscopy. The exploration component deals with remote sensing methods, soil and stream sediment sampling, and target drilling to establish ore reserves. There is a brief summary of mining methods and the related environmental management implications.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Term 1 – Everyday Minerals & Non-Metallic DepositsLecture 1 – Resource Geology – An Introductory OverviewLecture 2 – Aggregates & Armourstone – Essential MaterialsLecture 3 – Armourstone in Marlborough – the NIMBY Syndrome Lecture 4 – Roading Aggregates & Pavement ConstructionLecture 5 – Portland Cement & Concrete Manufacture/TestingLecture 6 – Quicklime & Hydrated Lime ApplicationsLecture 7 – Clays, Ceramics & Brick/Tile ManufactureLecture 8 – Brines, Solar Salt & Chemical ApplicationsLecture 9 – Non-Renewable Energy Resources & UsesLecture 10 – Renewable Energy Resources: the Future?Lecture 11 – Extractive Industries & Quarrying PrinciplesLecture 12 – Environmental Management & Key IssuesTerm 2 – Metalliferous Ore Deposits & ExplorationLecture 13 – Overview of Metalliferous Ore-Forming ProcessesLecture 14 – Ore Fluid Sources & Hydrothermal SystemsLecture 15 – Ore Fluid Migration & Metallic Mineral DepositionLecture 16 – Porphyry Copper Systems & Ore DepositionLecture 17 – Mesothermal & Epithermal Gold-Silver SystemsLecture 18 – Metamorphic Hydrothermal Systems & DepositsLecture 19 – Weathering & Supergene Enrichment of OresLecture 20 – Geochemical and Geophysical Exploration TechniquesLecture 21 – Geochemical Data Analysis & PresentationLecture 22 – Grade Estimation & Ore Resource DefinitionLecture 23 – Mining Methods & Ore Recovery TechniquesLecture 24 – Environmental Issues & Mine Site Rehabilitation Term 1 – Laboratories (Non-Metallics)Week 1 – Description of Common Aggregate MaterialsWeek 2 – Local Quarry Visit (Isaac or Fulton Hogan)Week 3 – Aggregate Compaction Laboratory ExerciseWeek 4 – Hydraulic Conductivity Laboratory ExerciseWeek 5 – Testing of Cement Stabilised SandWeek 6 – Testing of Lime Stabilised LoessTerm 2 – Laboratories (Ore Minerals)Week 7 – Introduction to Ore Microscopy & Ore MineralsWeek 8 – Tui Mine Exercise & Report (1) Week 9 – Tui Mine Exercise & Report (2)Week 10 – Exploration Geochemistry Data AnalysisWeek 11 – Exploration Target Exercise (1)Week 12 – Exploration Target Exercise (2)
Domestic fee $978.00
International fee $4,988.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment