Exploration and Mining Geology 3 - Surface Geologic Data

Exploration and Mining Geology 3 - Surface Geologic Data

Areas of Study: Exploration and Geology

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Surface Geologic Data is a course for exploration and mining geologists. It provides a practical, integrated approach to data evaluation, reconnaissance, surface geologic mapping, geophysics, geochemistry, drilling exploration, data preparation and communications for surface geologic data. This course is the third in a suite of five Exploration and Mining Geology courses.


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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 24 hours

Course Summary


The Exploration and Mining Geology suite of courses uses the concepts and practices of applied geology as its central theme, here is a balanced and comprehensive treatment of the geological, geochemical, geophysical, and economic elements of exploration and mining. Offers an overview of the methods and aims in mineral exploration and production and gives coverage of the geologic principles of ore deposits and the geomorphic environment. Deals with "hard" minerals and the nonfluid sources of materials and energy in the continental masses and in ocean basins.

Exploration and Mining Geology 3 - Surface Geologic Data is the third in a suite of five courses; other courses in the suite are "The Geologic Baseline", "The Economic Framework", "Underground Geologic Data and Reserves Estimation", and "The Geologist's Role in Exploration and Mining". Topics covered in this course include Preliminary Studies, Reconnaissance, Surface Geologic Mapping, Exploration Geophysics, Geochemistry, Geobotany, Exploration Drilling and Communications. The course includes numerous examples, reference tables and author references and has been extensively integrated with the Dictionary of Mining, Mineral and Related Terms for terminology reference purposes.

For the geologist, or the engineer with a desire to expand his/her horizons, this course provides a comprehensive, integrated approach to mineral exploration as well as an extensive technical reference.

Course Content

Exploration and Mining Geology 3 - Surface Geologic Data consists of 24 viewing sessions of 30 - 60 minutes each with supporting figures, tables and examples, plus extensive appendices and interactive course reviews. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 24 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss geologic data, satellite and airborne imagery and geologic mapping in the context of mineral exploration reconnaissance.
  • Discuss mapping objectives, scale, base maps, survey control and mapping procedures for mineral exploration.
  • Discuss geophysical methods, airborne geophysics, ground geophysics and their planning and control in the context of mineral exploration.
  • Discuss geochemical methods and their application, analysis, treatment and interpretation for mineral exploration.
  • Discuss drilling methods, sample recovery, drillhole logging, data preparation and communications for mineral exploration.
  • Apply the knowledge gained in the context of mineral exploration.

Recommended Background

  • A degree in geology, mining engineering, engineering geology or related discipline.
  • Completion of Exploration and Mining Geology 1 - The Geologic Baseline and Exploration and Mining Geology 2 - The Economic Framework (recommended).

William C. Peters

Dr. William C. Peters is a geologist and Emeritus Professor of Geological Engineering, College of Mines, University of Arizona. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in Europe. In 1948 he received a M.S. Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado and joined the New Jersey Zinc Company as mining geologist at their Gilman, Colorado mine. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1957. He worked in exploration and mine development for the FMC Corporation. From 1960-64, he was Chief Geologist at Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine. In 1964 he joined the newly established Department of Mining and Geological Engineering at the University of Arizona, teaching courses in mining geology, mineral exploration, and mine evaluation until he retired in1982. He is the author of a popular, practical textbook and field manual Exploration and Mining Geology (1978, 1987).