Ore minerals are the sources of metals vital to our economy. In this course we look at 16 common sulfide and oxide ore minerals of the black, grey, brown and red varieties that every geologist should be able to recognize in the field. This course is a companion course to Ore Minerals 1 – Native Ores and Sulfides.
For each ore mineral, we examine its physical properties, history and uses. Diagnostic properties are given for each species to aid their identification in the field. Extraction methods, global mine production, worldwide reserves and resources are also described, emphasizing the importance of ore minerals to the global economy.
The course comprises 18 learning sessions, each of 30–60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, images, tables, references, appendices, and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 10 hours.