A number of specific sub-topics are available for each of the broad assignment topics. Included below is the list of topics and recommended starting reading/references. Your assigned topic can be found in the table in the study guide in iLearn.
Much of your reading for this unit will be from articles in academic journals and chapters of specialist books. These sources will be critical for your individual research projects. While the vast majority of these are available online through the university library (although logging on externally can sometimes be slow and/or problematic), some are available in hard copy only. Therefore plan your access to these resources carefully and obtain photocopies etc for your assignments early. This is particularly the case for ore deposit geology, where some of the journals are:
Economic Geology (QE1.E15)
Mineralium Deposita (QE351.M27)
Ore Geology Reviews (QE390.O74)
Transactions of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (TN1.I67).
I also have .pdf’s for most of the recommended journal articles for the research assignments which are not available electronically through the library. I will endeavour to put these on iLearn upon request.
Assignment 2: Geodynamics and ore deposits:
Topic 1: Setting and characteristics of Volcanic Hosted Massive Sulphide (VHMS) deposits
Huston, DL; Stevens, B; Southgate, PN, et al. 2006. Australian Zn-Pb-Ag ore-forming systems: A review and analysis. ECONOMIC GEOLOGY 101 v6: 1117-1157
Saez, R; Pascual, E; Toscano, M, et al., 1999. The Iberian type of volcano-sedimentary massive sulphide deposits. MINERALIUM DEPOSITA 34 v 5-6: 549-570
Galley, AG, 2003. Composite synvolcanic intrusions associated with Precambrian VMS-related hydrothermal systems. MINERALIUM DEPOSITA Volume: 38 v4: 443-473
Topic 2: Setting and characteristics of Sedex (including MVT) deposits
Sangster D F, 1990. Mississippi valley-type and sedex lead-zinc deposits: a comparative examination. Trans. Inst. Mining Metallurgy, B99, 21-42
Tornos, F; Heinrich, CA 2008. Shale basins, sulfur-deficient ore brines and the formation of exhalative base metal deposits CHEMICAL GEOLOGY, 247 (1-2): 195-207
Large, RR; Bull, SW; Cooke, DR, et al., 1998. A genetic model for the HYC deposit, Australia: Based on regional sedimentology, geochemistry, and sulfide-sediment relationships. ECONOMIC GEOLOGY AND THE BULLETIN OF THE SOCIETY OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGISTS, 93 (8): 1345-1368.
Topic 3: Porphyry Cu (±Mo) mineralization: Characteristics and geodynamic controls
Titley, S.R., and Beane, R.E., 1981, Porphyry copper deposits. Part I. Geologic settings, petrology and tectogenesis: Econ. Geol. 75th Anniversary Vol., p. 214-235.
Beane, R.E., and Titley, S.R., 1981, Porphyry copper deposits. Part II. Hydrothermal alteration and mineralization: Econ. Geol. 75th Anniversary Vol., p. 235-269.
Seedorff, E; Barton, MD; Stavast, WJA, et al., 2008. Root Zones of Porphyry Systems: Extending the Porphyry Model to Depth ECONOMIC GEOLOGY, 103 (5): 939-956
Proffett, JM., 2009 High Cu grades in porphyry Cu deposits and their relationship to emplacement depth of magmatic sources GEOLOGY, 37 (8): 675-678
Topic 4: Hydrothermal (including Epi- and Mesothermal) ore deposits
Phillips, GN; Powell, R ., 2009. Formation of gold deposits: Review and evaluation of the continuum model. EARTH-SCIENCE REVIEWS, 94 (1-4): 1-21
Mikucki, EJ., 1998. Hydrothermal transport and depositional processes in Archean lode-gold systems: A review ORE GEOLOGY REVIEWS 13(1-5): 307-321
Kisters, AFM; Meyer, FM; Seravkin, IB, et al., 1999. The geological setting of lode-gold deposits in the central southern Urals: a review. GEOLOGISCHE RUNDSCHAU, 87(4): 603-616
Goldfarb, R.J.; Groves, D.I.; Gardoll, S. Orogenic gold and geologic time: a global synthesis Ore Geology Reviews
Topic 5: Iron Oxide Copper Gold deposits: Features, temporal and spatial controls
HITZMAN, MW; ORESKES, N; EINAUDI, MT., 1992 Geological characteristics and tectonic setting of Proterozoic Iron-Oxide (Cu-U-Au-REE) deposits. PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH 58 v1-4: 241-287
Bastrakov, EN; Skirrow, RG; Didson, GJ., 2007. Fluid evolution and origins of iron oxide Cu-Au prospects in the Olympic Dam district, Gawler Craton, South Australia, ECONOMIC GEOLOGY, 102 (8): 1415-1440
Skirrow, RG; Bastrakov, EN; Baroncii, K, et al., 2007. Timing of iron oxide Cu-Au-(U) hydrothermal activity and Nd isotope constraints on metal sources in the Gawler craton, South Australia, ECONOMIC GEOLOGY, 102 (8): 1441-1470.
Belperio, A; Flint, R; Freeman, H., 2007. Prominent Hill: A hematite-dominated, iron oxide copper-gold system ECONOMIC GEOLOGY, 102 (8): 1499-1510
Note that these assignments differ from conventional essays in that they are true research review style articles. As such it is anticipated that your primary reference sources will be peer reviewed scientific literature that is appropriately cited and referenced. Some articles of this nature are included under each topic to get you started. Note that you will be expected to supplement these with at least four extra research articles that you find through your own research. You must use figures to illustrate key concepts.
These are assignments of at least 1000 words and a maximum of 1500 words, and are designed to give you some grounding in the material to be covered in the week they are due to be handed in.