GEOL 4604 Economic Geology 3/2/4
Prerequisite: GEOL 3004 and GEOL 3014 and GEOL 3053 and GEOL 3024
Geology 4604 provides an introduction to the geologic and economic factors that result in the development of economic concentrations of (non-energy) mineral resources. Emphasis will be placed on the descriptive geology and origin of economic mineral concentrations within the context of their overall geologic settings. The geologic and economic nature of metallic and industrial mineral commodities in both "hard rock" and "soft rock" geologic environments will be discussed. Lab exercises involve identification and characterization of representative ore suites from important mineral deposits. In addition to laboratory and classroom illustrations, each student is required to complete a research project which deals with exploring for, or developing, a major ore deposit or mineral/rock resource. A fieldtrip is anticipated to examine the geology, exploration methodology, development, and permitting issues related to mineral/rock production. Students will also prepare for and take the National Association of State Boards of Geology, Fundamentals of Geology (FG) professional licensing exam.