World-class gold deposits: How do they form and what do we need to know to find them? (Day 2)
This two-day-long workshop will focus on the most widespread mineral deposit types that host much of the current global gold resource. Leading experts will provide descriptions of some of the most important Precambrian and Phanerozoic examples of gold deposit types formed in island and continental arcs, evolving metamorphic belts, and seafloor settings.
Detailed material will be provided on tectonic and structural controls, geological characteristics, geochemical and geophysical signatures, geochronological relationships, and exploration strategies. Specific settings in the geological record, both in space and time, will be compared and contrasted to indicate what type of gold resources are likely to be discovered in various provinces.
Case studies will document key features that have led to successful discovery of deposits. The course is aimed for geoscientists from both industry and academia, as well as students of economic geology who desire a comprehensive understanding of modern concepts on the geology of gold deposits. Emphasis will be on the characterization of deposits representative of the following types:
• Orrogenic gold deposits
• Low and high sulfidation epithermal gold deposits
• Gold-rich porphyry deposits
• Intrusion-related gold systems
• Volcanogenic massive sulfide ores
Richard Goldfarb, Colorado School of Mines & China University of Geosciences
Stuart Simmons, University of Utah, Earth and Geoscience Institute
Thomas Monecke, Colorado School of Mines
LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: INTERMEDIATE
(includes course material, continental breakfast, three-course lunch and refreshments)
Non member: $1099