Course Code: 5640401
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(2-2)
ECTS Credit: 5.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Academic Staff Dr. ALİ İMER
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

The objectives of this course are to introduce students to the general aspects of mineral economics, to provide them with the knowledge related to the ore bearing fluids and the different types of mineral deposits, to enable them to integrate this knowledge with those from various (previous) courses (e.g. mineralogy, petrography, structural geology), and to develop their ability to apply these theoretical aspects to the practical aspects of mineral deposit exploration and to the understanding of the genesis of mineral deposits.

Course Content

Mineral resources concepts; nature and morphology of mineral deposits; textures and structures of ore and gangue minerals, fluid inclusions, wall rock alteration; major theories of ore genesis; geothermometry, geobarometry, paragenesis and zoning, dating of mineral deposits; classification of mineral deposits; diamond deposits in kimberlites and lamproites, mineral deposits related to carbonatites; orthomagmatic deposits; pegmetatites; skarn deposits; strata-bound deposits; stratiform sulfide deposits of sedimentary and volcanic environments; sedimentary deposits; residual deposits and supergene enrichment.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the students are expected to *have acquired the knowledge about ore and gangue minerals, grade and tonnage concepts, the importance of mineral resources for the economy, and the information on physico-chemical and structural controls of ore formation, *be able to integrate their knowledge from previous courses with the information on the formation and the types of mineral deposits associated with magmatic, sedimentary, and metamorphic processes, *to demonstrate their ability to recognize different types of ore and gangue minerals, to analyze the depositional textures, and to comment on the physico-chemical conditions and the possible mechanisms of ore deposition.