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Earth Sciences Master Information
Major in Mineralogy and Geochemistry
Restricted Choice Modules Mineralogy and Geochemistry
A minimum of two restricted choice modules must be completed in the major Mineralogy and Geochemistry.
Mineral Resources
Mineral Resources: Courses of Choice
651-4026-00LApplied Mineralogy and Non-Metallic Resources IIW3 credits2GR. Kündig, B. Grobéty
AbstractGeological and mineralogical aspects to important non-metallic mineral ressources. Industrial use of specific mineral ressources as well as economic, strategic and environmental aspects are discussed. Examples from all over the world with a specific focus on the non-mineral mineral ressources potential in Switzerland.
ObjectiveStudents will learn to understand the use of non-metallic mineral ressources from a geological and mineralogical point of view as well as from industrial, technical and strategical (political) point of view. Environmental aspects on the worldwide use of non-metallic mineral ressources are discussed. A special focus will be given on the situation in Switzerland.
ContentTeaching, case-studies and excursions (e.g. raw-material industry).

Course "Applied mineralogy and non-metallic ressources I" (autumn semester):
Non-metallic ressources. Occurrences, geology, extraction, properties, fabrication and use. Industrial aspects, (new) technologies, market, stock, situation, reserves & ressources, trends and developpment, environmental aspects, law.

Chapters: e.g. coal/carbon (coal, graphite, diamond, fulleren); oil/gas (oil- and tarsands, oil-shists); phosphates/nitrates; aluminum (bauxite, corundum); salt; carbonates; titanium; clay and clay minerals; sulphur; gypsum/anhydrite; fluorite; asbestos; talc; micas; rare earth elements.

Course "Applied mineralogy and non-metallic ressources II" (fall semester):
Stone and earth industry (gravel, sand, crushed stones, stones), natural stone, building stone, cement, cement-industry. Case studies in applied mineralogy.

Chapters: e.g. Stone industry - technical aspects of building stones, properties, weathering, treatment, quarries, products. Crushed stones - quarries, products, planning, environment. Gravel an sand - ressources/reserves, environment (protection/law), alternative products (substitution). Cement and concrete (geological ressources, prospection, fabrication, environment).
Lecture notesWill be given according to the lessons. Partially integration of e-learning tools.
Literature- Walter L. Pohl (2011): Economic Geology - Principles and Practice. Wiley-Blackwell, 664p.,ISBN 978-1-4443-3663-4
- Harben, P.W. (2002): The Industrial Minerals Handybook. A Guide to Markets,
Specifications & Prices. Industrial Mineral Information, London 412 S., ISBN 1-904333-04-4
- Schweizerische Geotechnische Kommission (1996): Die mineralischen Rohstoffe der
Schweiz.- Herausgegeben von der Schw. Geotech. Komm., Zürich, 522 S., ISBN 3-907997-00-X
- Geotechnische Karte der Schweiz 1:200 000, 2. Aufl. Schweiz. Geotechn. Komm.
- Trueb, L.F. (1996): Die chemischen Elemente - Ein Streifzug durch das Periodensystem. S. Hirzel Verlag, Stuttgart, 416 S., ISBN 3-7776-0674-X
- Kesler, S. E. (1994): Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment.-
Macmillan College Publishing Company, Inc., New York., 392 S., ISBN 0-02-362842-1
651-4036-00LField Excursion Module Mineral Resources
Priority is given to D-ERDW students. If space is available UZH Geography and Earth System Sciences students may attend this field course at full cost.

No registration through myStudies. The registration for excursions and field courses goes through only.
W3 credits6PT. Driesner, C. Chelle-Michou
AbstractExcursion to areas of active and past mining activity and practical industry courses. Mapping relations between regional/local geology and ore deposit formation in the field and in active mines. Insight into the work of mine and exploration geologists, including geophysical measurements, geochemical data handling, economic evaluation, etc.
ObjectiveUnderstand the regional and local geology as a framework for ore deposit formation. Detailed field and drill core mapping of hydrothermal veining and alteration. Discuss actual mineral deposits and their position within this framework during mine visits. Study similarities and differences between processes leading to the formation of different ore deposit types. Obtain insight into challenges linking economic geology and mining with social and environmental constraints.
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651-4024-00LMineral Resources IIW3 credits2GC. Chelle-Michou, T. Driesner
AbstractMagmatic-hydrothermal ore formation from plate-tectonic scale to fluid inclusions, with a focus on porphyry-Cu-Au deposits, epithermal precious-metal deposits and granite-related Sn-W deposits
ObjectiveRecognise and interpret ore-forming processes in hand samples. Understand the string of processes that contribute to metal enrichment mainly along active plate margins, from lithosphere dynamics through magma evolution, fluid separation, subsolidus fluid evolution, and alteration and mineral precipitation by interaction of magmatic fluids with country rocks and the hydrosphere. Understand connection to active volcanism and geothermal processes. Insight into modern research approaches including field mapping, analytical techniques and modelling in preparation for MSc projects.
ContentDetailed program of contents will be updated yearly.
Lecture notesShort notes are distributed in class
LiteratureExtensive reference list distributed with course notes
Prerequisites / NoticeBuilds on BSc integration course "Integrierte Erdsysteme" and MSc course "Mineral Resources I", as essential introductions to the principles of hydrothermal ore formation in sedimentary basins and to orthomagmatic metal enrichment. Reflected Light Microscopy and Ore Deposit Practical, coordinated with Mineral Resources I, is recommended but not essential. BSc students intending to study the module Mineral Resources in their MSc program should take both courses "Mineral Resources I and II" during their MSc studies.
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