This course gives an introduction to economic geology with an emphasis on the geological processes and the specific mechanisms that lead to the formation of metal and mineral deposits, which are crucial for modern society. The course presents an overview on various types of ore deposits and their relation to magmatic, metamorphic, hydrothermal and sedimentary processes. Furthermore, an introduction is given to economic and environmental issues that govern mining and mineral exploration. The course also involves practical identification of ore minerals and hydrothermal alterations. Finally, we treat the concepts of critical metals, bottlenecks in mineral production and value chains, issues with the recyclability of green energy technologies, circular economy, and the importance of sustainability in the mining sector.
MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience
-An overview of the petrogenesis of various mineral deposits.
-Classification and identification of economic minerals.
-Ore deposit formation in different geological settings.
-An introduction to mineral exploration tools and mining.
-The importance of certain critical metals for green energy technology, sustainability and circular economy.
-Innovation and business development within minerals exploration and mining is introduced by industry professionals.
-Digital portals and platforms for mineral exploration and data acquisition will be presented.
-Identification of selected economic minerals and rocks in hand sample.
-The ability to evaluate where certain types of mineral deposits may occur.
-Identification of relevant methods used in mineral exploration and evaluation of the mineral potential of a province.
-Basic knowledge about the economic aspects related to ore minerals.
-Introduction to the use of reflected light microscopy for identification of oxides and sulfides.
-Knowledge about the formation of specific types of mineral deposits.
-Knowledge about the principles for mineral exploration and methods to describe and characterise ore minerals.
-Written and oral presentation of models for the formation of ore deposits based on independent literature studies.
The teaching uses a combination of lectures and practical exercises. The study plan is listed on Absalon.
Students who have passed NGEB10004U Grundlæggende mineralogi og metamorf petrologi are not recommended to follow this course as the courses have identical content.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignment, 1 weekOral examination, 20 minutes
- Type of assessment details
- A written assignment is handed out three weeks before the exam week and will be handed in one week before the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as the point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam. The oral exam is without preparation. At the exam the written part is weighted by 50% and the oral part is weighted by 50%. The course is passed if the combined grade is passed.
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
See learning outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 4
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Geosciences and Management
- Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
- Faculty of Science
- Kristoffer Szilas (4-7b82838a5079777e3e7b853e747b)
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