Thomas Driesner: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2019

Name Prof. Dr. Thomas Driesner
Inst. für Geochemie und Petrologie
ETH Zürich, NW F 72
Clausiusstrasse 25
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 68 03
Fax+41 44 632 18 27
DepartmentEarth Sciences
RelationshipAdjunct Professor and Privatdozent

651-4051-00LReflected Light Microscopy and Ore Deposits Practical2 credits2PT. Driesner
AbstractIntroduction to reflected light microscopy. Use of the microscope. Identification of opaque minerals through the use of determination tables. Description of textures and paragenetic sequences.
Taking the course in parallel with Ore Deposits I (651-4037-00L) is recommended.
ObjectiveRecognition of the most important ore minerals in polished section, interpretation of mineral textures in geologcal context
ContentIntroduction to reflected light microscopy as a petrographic technique. Leaning main diagnostic criteria. Study of small selection of important and characteristic minerals. Interpreting polished (thin) sections as exercise
Lecture notesTo be handed out in class
Prerequisites / NoticeCredits and mark based on independent description of selected sample(s) towards the end of the course
651-4069-00LFluid and Melt Inclusions: Theory and Practice Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
3 credits3PT. Driesner, to be announced
AbstractBlock course involving lectures, exercises and practical application of inclusion petrography, microthermometry, Raman and LA-ICPMS microanlysis
ObjectivePractical ability to carry out a meaningful fluid or melt inclusion study in the fields of geochemistry, petrology or resource geology, involving problem definition, research planning, quantitative measurements using a combination of techniques, critical interpretation and correct documentation of results.
Lecture notesHandouts with extensive list of primary literature available
LiteratureGoldstein and Reynolds (1994): CD available for in-house use
651-4082-00LFluids and Mineral Deposits
The course will no longer be published in the course catalogue after autumn semester 2019. It will run as will be a group seminar starting spring semester 2020.
2 credits1ST. Driesner, C. Chelle-Michou, B. Lamy-Chappuis, O. Laurent
AbstractPresentations and literature discussions on current research topics in crustal fluids and mineral resources research.
ObjectiveProvide a deeper understanding in the selected research fields on hydrothermal processes and ore deposit formation. This is achieved by literature work as well as discussions of current BSc, MSc and PhD projects at the institute.
ContentThemen zur Hydrothermalgeochemie, Modellierung von Fluidprozessen, Mikroananlytik, Isotopen-Tracing von hydrothermalen Transportprozessen und der Bildung von Erzlagertätten
Prerequisites / NoticeRegister in MyStudies and send mail to, to be placed on distributor for the irregular program
651-4221-00LNumerical Modelling of Ore Forming Hydrothermal Processes3 credits2GT. Driesner
AbstractIntroduction to computer tools for the simulation of hydrothermal processes. This includes fluid flow modelling and thermodynamic modelling of hydrothermal reactions. The computer programs are handed out to the students and can be run on normal laptop PCs. No programming knowledge is necessary.
ObjectiveLearn how to use the simulation programs HYDROTHERM and Geochemist's Workbench to explore how hydrothermal or deposition works.
ContentIntroduction to computer tools for the simulation of hydrothermal processes: HYDROTHERM for fluid flow simulations, Geochemist's Workbench for thermodynamic modeling. While learning the respective computer programs is an essential part of the course, the emphasis will be on using these tools to learn how the physics and chemistry of hydrothermal system actually work.
Lecture notesComputer programs and course material will be distributed during the course.
LiteratureIngebritsen S.E., Sanford W., Neuzil C. (2006) Groundwater in geologic processes. Cambridge University Press

Bethke C.M. (1996) Geochemical reaction modeling. Oxford University Press

Turcotte D.L., Schubert G. (2001) Geodynamics, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press.