GEOL483-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Environmental Geology and Mining

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Environmental geology is a wide field which applies geological and geochemical principles to environmental management. Even in the age of climate change awareness, the majority of the world's energy still comes from fossil fuels, the use of which presents many challenges, not only in exploration but also in the downstream environmental effects. In addition, green technology requires mining for precious metals which will continue or even increase. Electric vehicles require 3.6 times more copper than internal combustion engine cars. Other metals in demand include zinc, lithium, nickel and aluminium, among others. The downstream environmental effects, risks and consequences of mining for these resources should be understood and be part of managing anthropogenic effects on the environment. This course explores these fields largely in the context of mineral extraction activities.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Course Coordinator

Kari Bassett


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Four critical evaluations of articles 20% Due Weeks 3, 5, 8, 10
Completion of a hypothetical problem 15% Due Week 6
Completion and presentation of a chosen relevant subject 15% Week 12
Final Exam (written) 50% Due date to be advised by Examinations Office in due course

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,156.00

* 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 .

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