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Environmental geological models of mineral deposits with an emphasis on North America

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Room 709
Organizer: Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)
8:00 AM - 5:15 PM

Environmental geological models of mineral deposits with an emphasis on North America

The aim of this course is to present the environmental implications of mining by looking at the most common mineral deposits in North America from a geologic-geochemical perspective. Through this study, participants will examine the implications for these deposits and their design, operation, and closure with respect to minimizing environmental impacts. The presenters of the course have spent much of their careers in the assessment and management of mine waste.

The course begins with an overview of the important processes that are active in mine weathering and a general description of the application of environmental mineral deposit models in predicting, understanding, and managing mine waste from mineral deposits, focusing on those in the North American continent. Building on the general basis of the environmental geology of mineral deposits, presenters will demonstrate how such models can be used to develop evaluation programs, management strategies, and how to select appropriate mitigation options at an early stage of project development.

The development of geo-environmental models is a natural extension of a model-based economic geology approach to exploration. In addition to the usual analysis of such characteristics as ore and gangue mineralogy, geochemistry, lithology and alteration, geo-environmental models incorporate hydrology (water flow, quantity, and quality), rock mass reactivity, geotechnical stability and water and waste management to address the environmental impact of mining.

The individual deposits to be covered will be:

· Base metals (porphyry, VMS, SEDEX and MVT)
· Gold (orogenic, epithermal, Carlin)
· Nickel
· Coal
· Gemstones

Mining of strategic commodities (lithium, molybdenum, graphite, REE, tin-tungsten, fluorite, and barite), and uranium will also be discussed.

The course will benefit those involved in the management and assessment of environmental impacts associated with mineral deposits, particularly in North America. Researchers, practitioners, students, and regulators will benefit from this course.

Robert Bowell, SRK Consulting (UK)
Robert R. Seal, United States Geological Survey
Stephen Day, SRK Consulting (Canada)
Heather Jamieson, Queen’s University
Amy Prestia, SRK Consulting (USA)


Includes course material, continental breakfast, three-course lunch and refreshments

Regular Rate:
Member $699.99
Non-Member $799.99

Student $249.99

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