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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.

Photo: Tomas Bergman
Materials of the future in a new technology lab

At Luleå University of Technology, four high-tech labs capable of characterizing solid materials at an extremely detailed level in 2D/3D/4D have been merged into the joint lab LUMIA. By coordinating the lab's different methods and advanced analytical instruments in a joint lab, the researchers hope to create groundbreaking research with significance for, among other things, the green transition.

Ore geologists from LTU on the still warm lava flow around Fagradalsfjall in Iceland. Photo: Privat
Ore geologists on Icelandic volcano

Researchers from ore geology at Luleå University of Technology have spent a week on the world's longest mountain range. The mountain range that is 90% under water and runs about 6,500 km around the earth is called the mid-ocean ridge.

Christina Wanhainen
"SUN is about how we can use our natural resources in a smart and balanced way"

Christina Wanhainen is professor of ore geology and scientific leader of SUN.

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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.