CODES MASTER OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY SHORT COURSE: Volcanology and Mineralisation in Volcanic Terrains

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CODES MASTER OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY SHORT COURSE: Volcanology and Mineralisation in Volcanic Terrains


Date(s) - Friday, 11/11/2022 - Thursday, 24/11/2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST



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Volcanology and Mineralisation in Volcanic Terrains


Date & Time

11 – 24 November 2022


This short course is a highly practical, field-based unit in which participants gain first-hand experience in the recognition, classification and interpretation of modern and ancient volcanic rocks. The course begins with studying well preserved modern and recent volcanic landforms, volcanic deposits and associated hydrothermal systems on the North Island of New Zealand (NZ). By visiting a range of spectacular field locations, participants gain insights into the processes and products of different eruption styles, contrasts in scale and structure of volcanoes, and the identification, description, logging and interpretation of key volcanic facies associations. Armed with an understanding of volcanic products and processes based on the inspection of NZ examples, where primary textural and compositional features are well preserved, participants travel to western Tasmania to inspect deformed and altered ancient (~500 m.y. old) volcanic successions of the Mount Read Volcanics and associated mineral deposits.

The first week provides an introduction to ore deposits, the minerals that occur within them, and key textures that help us to interpret ore genesis and that can aid exploration. You will learn how to construct mineral paragenesis for a variety of deposit types and become familiar with the tools used to identify and map alteration mineralogy and zonation patterns. Geochemical sampling and data analysis will also be reviewed. Week 2 covers metal zoning in hydrothermal ore deposits, describing and interpreting ore-related breccias, supergene processes and geochemical exploration in the regolith, geophysical properties of ore deposits and the economics of Economic Geology

This short course has a strong focus on field observations and hands-on practical skills, supported by an understanding of theoretical aspects. The short course presenters have detailed knowledge of the areas and deposits visited and are uniquely equipped to deliver the skills and insights needed by participants.

Course fees include all accommodation, field transport, entry fees, course notes, field guide, and most meals. Travel to and from NZ, accommodation in Hobart, and alcohol are not included in the course fee and are the responsibility of each participant. A valid passport is required for entry into NZ and Australia, and it is the responsibility of each participant to determine whether they require a visa, and to obtain that visa before travel.



Rebecca Carey is a Associate Professor at CODES, University of Tasmania. Rebecca’s research is associated with modern volcanic architectures, magma ascent eruption processes during subaerial and submarine eruptions. Rebecca uses field studies, microtextural and volatile analysis of pyroclasts to understand the drivers of eruptions. She uses the studies of modern submarine volcanic architectures and hydrothermal systems to enable strategies for more efficient ore deposit discoveries. This research is being conducted with various industry partners, the Australian Research Council and CODES researchers.
David Cooke is Professor of Geochemistry, Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub: Transforming the Mining Value Chain (TMVC), and Director of CODES. He has extensive research expertise in hydrothermal fluid chemistry and ore-forming systems, specialising in porphyry and epithermal deposits.
Robert Scott is Master of Economic Geology coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences at the University of Tasmania. He has expertise in structural geology, geological mapping, sediment-hosted and structurally-controlled ore deposits.
Andrew McNeill is Chief Government Geologist at Mineral Resources Tasmania. He is a geologist with extensive experience in industry, academia and government. He worked as an exploration geologist in the Mount Read Volcanics for many years.



All participants must carry their own PPE (steel-capped boots , long-sleeved shirts, long sturdy trousers, hard hats, reflective vests, safety glasses, gloves and hearing protection). You will need cold and wet weather gear, as weather and conditions can be unpredictable. Good hiking boots are highly recommended.




Part 1: New Zealand (11 – 20 November 2022)
Friday November 11

Arrive in Auckland

Saturday November 12 Rangitoto Auckland Auckland
Sunday November 13 Waihi/Orakei Korako/Waiotapu Rotorua
Monday November 14 Tarawera volcano + Ngongotaha/Waimangu Rotorua
Tuesday November 15 Tongariro traverse Taupo
Wednesday November 16 Ruapehu cone and ring plain facies Taupo
Thursday November 17 Taupo caldera and Tauhara Taupo
Friday November 18 Dalton’s, Hinuera Quarry and drive to Auckland Auckland airport
Saturday November 19 Bethells/Campbells Auckland airport
Sunday November 20 Travel to Tasmania Sandy Bay
Part 2: W.TASMANIA (21-24 November)
Monday November 21 Travel to West Coast
Tuesday November 22   Queenstown
Wednesday November 23   Queenstown
Thursday November 24 Philosophers peak + travel to Hobart Sandy Bay



MGM Masters Students:
(Total registration fee $4,500 (Excludes airfares and UTAS tuition fee))
Deposit (incl GST): $1,500
Balance (GST free): $3,000

Industry Participants
(Whole course $8,500 (Excludes airfares ))
Deposit (incl GST): $2,800
Balance (GST free): $5,700
New Zealand only $5,700 (Excludes airfares)
Deposit (GST free): $2,800
Balance (GST free): $2,900
Tasmania only (accommodation and transport required)
Total (incl GST): $2,800
Tasmania only (accommodation and transport NOT required)
Total (incl GST): $2,200
Other Students:
Whole course $4,500 (Excludes airfares)
Deposit (incl GST): $1,500
Balance (GST free): $3,000
New Zealand only (Excludes airfares)
Total (GST free): $3,000
Tasmania only
Total (incl GST): $1,500
NB. Preference will be given to enrolled MGM students. Deposits are fully refundable prior to balance payment for change of mind (eg if price increases). All payments are fully refundable if cancellation is due to covid.




Registrations are due by 11th of September, 2022. Deposit payments are due on the 21st of September, 2022 .
Full payment must be received by 21st of October, 2022.