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Ore Geology

Without metals and minerals, it simply would not work. The search for metals and minerals is intensifying, as the global human population is increasing.

More and more people need to share the natural resources. This search for metals and minerals, or mineral exploration, is vital for the understanding of where and how ore deposits are formed. Geological, geochemical and geophysical methods are used within mineral exploration.

Ore geology means that you learn to understand the processes that concentrate metals and minerals in the crust, you learn the methods used to find mineable deposits, and you learn to translate theory into practice. The latter is very important since ore geologists often spend a lot of time in the field, sometimes in exotic locations.

Nils Jansson, Luleå University of Technology Photo: Privat
In the media: Who loves a mine?

"It would be ideal for the battery industry to have a cobalt extraction so close. But it still always falls back on the geological conditions; first you need to know where deposits that are suitable for mining are located," says Nils Jansson, assistant professor of ore geology at Luleå University.

"We see an increasing need for all kinds of metals, both base metals and critical metals"

Meet Christna Wanhainen and Nils Jansson, teachers on the program.

Framtidens gruvor
Future mining

Demand for metals on the world market is increasing, and the Swedish as well as the international mining industry is increasing its production.Sweden is the country in Europe which is the most important metal producer, and the Swedish mining industry is important also from a European perspective.The best opportunities to find new ore deposits in Europe can be found in Sweden and Finland.

Virtual Reality Lab - Lulea University of Technology Photo: Gustav Jansson
Virtual Reality Lab

Used in areas such as in construction, architecture, ore geology, mining and rock engineering.