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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Tomkins


Introduction to classification, distribution and characteristics of metalliferous ore deposits and gemstones. The tectonic settings of ore deposits are considered within the context of the plate tectonic paradigm, and global metallogenic events throughout earth's history. Introduction to the natural resource industry and exploration process. Practical classes will examine sample sets from around the world and focus on developing skills suitable for the exploration industry. Fieldwork consists of an excursion to examine the ore deposits of Tasmania.


This unit aims to provide an introduction to the study and interpretation of metallic ore deposits, their mineralogy, textures, structural history, environments of formation and genesis; expose the student to a wide range of ore deposit styles in the laboratory for both hand specimen and petrographic study; develop scientific methodologies for effective ore exploration in Australia and abroad.


Practical and field work: 20% +Assignment: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrew Tomkins

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week, one 4 day field excursion


ESC2111 and ESC2122