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Ore Genetic Models 7.5 credits

Malmgenetiska modeller
Second cycle, O7009K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Ore Geology
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography
Main field of study

Entry requirements

90 credits in geoscience.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The main objectives of the course: 
1) have knowledge about ore forming processes and different origins for hydrothermal ore systems.
2) have knowledge of the conditions of formation and occurrence of the most common ore types. 
3) be able to understand and critically discuss important aspects of ore-forming processes such as origin, transport and precipitation of metals as well as the importance of physical and chemical traps for ores. 
4) have knowledge of ore forming processes in a plate tectonic perspective and importance of local geological conditions. 
5) be able to relate the choice of exploration methods to different kind of ore deposits and local conditions.

Review of the most common ore types with respect to: 
ore forming processes of: i) magmatic, ii) hydrothermal, and iii) sedimentary deposits 
b) occurrence of ore deposits in a plate tectonic perspective 
c) critical and diagnostic parameters such as: source, transport and deposition of metals. 
d) important criteria such as: i) metal zoning, ii) alteration types and zoning iii) temperature of ore formation iv) host rocks. 

Project work in the form of critical review/discussion of ore genetic aspects based on published models for a selected ore type.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Lectures where basic theory is presented and explained and includes genetically important aspects of the ore-forming processes for the economically most important ore types and compulsory exercises with written reports linked to respective ore type with a focus on genetic interpretation of mineralogical-textured properties of ores. Project work with critical review of ore genetic models with written and oral presentation.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Graded written exam and compulsory exercise reports, and approved project work.

Transition terms
The course O7009K is equal to KGO008.

Olof Martinsson

Transition terms
The course O7009K is equal to KGO008

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2013 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
L. Robb: Introduction to ore-forming processes. Blackwell, 1:st issue, 2005,
And powerpoints handouts

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0004Written examG U 3 4 55.50MandatoryA13
0008ExerciseG U 3 4 51.00MandatoryS15
0010Project workU G#1.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2007-02-28.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021