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Mineral Exploration Through Cover (ERTH90030)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeERTH90030
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The main aim of the course is to present these exploration techniques largely in day trips to field based settings, supplemented by classroom-based information and practical exercises. Geochemical and geophysical exploration techniques will be covered in the course, using visited examples in the vicinity of Adelaide as cases studies, exposing the students to industry and current and future exploration techniques and technologies.

Intended learning outcomes

  • This subject aims to equip students with discipline-specific knowledge and expertise appropriate for post-graduate research in the field; equip students with discipline-specific knowledge and expertise enabling them to take their place as professional geologists in industry or government organisations;
  • understand and apply practical tools required for mineral exploration in areas where prospective rocks are buried by younger cover sequences;
  • synthesise geological, geophysical and geochemical data to remotely map buried basement rocks;
  • assess and implement appropriate exploration tools (geochemical, biochemical, geophysical) within the context of the basement and cover geology and nature of the target;
  • interpret exploration datasets in active exploration environments;
  • learn about the latest biochemical and geo-microbal exploration techniques.

Generic skills

  • Exercise critical judgement;
  • undertake rigorous and independent thinking;
  • adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks;
  • develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills;
  • interrogate, synthesise and interpret the published literature; work as part of a team.

Last updated: 9 November 2018