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Ore Deposit Geochemistry, Hydrology and Geochronology KEA709



Offered every second year


This unit gives students an up-to date review of the theory and practice of geochemistry, hydrology and geochronology as applied in mineral exploration and studies of ore deposit genesis. The unit provides a comprehensive introduction to the chemistry of hydrothermal systems including metal solubility, mineral stability, and the use of stable and radiogenic isotopes as tracers of hydrothermal processes. Controls on hydrothermal fluid ­flow and fluid chemistry that influence the types and locations of ore deposits are also covered, as are the geochemistry, metallogenesis and ore-forming potential of magmatic arcs. Various methods of dating mineralising events are explained.Advanced techniques for ore deposit footprint, vectoring and fertility studies are also introduced.


Unit name Ore Deposit Geochemistry, Hydrology and Geochronology
Unit code KEA709
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Robert Scott
Available as student elective? No
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Winter school On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Winter school 30/5/2022 7/6/2022 20/7/2022 10/7/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use appropriate approaches and laboratory methods to evaluate the tectonic setting, age and/or chemical footprint of hydrothermal ore deposits
  • Explain physical and chemical controls on metal transport and deposition, fluid flow and alteration in hydrothermal systems, and their implications for mineral exploration strategies and methods
  • Integrate geochemical and petrological data sets in order to interpret the origin of hydrothermal ore deposits in different tectonic settings
  • Communicate geochemical research findings to an audience of industry or academic peers
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010703 $2,005.00 $2,005.00 not applicable

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AssessmentPresentation (10%)|Assignment (50%)|Assignment (25%)|Literature review (15%)
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