Upon completion of the course the students should know the structure of the mining and exploration industry. This includes the major players in a variety of commodity spaces, such as copper, gold, iron ore, base metals, etc., the concepts of value chain and variable business models. In particular, the differences between resources and reserves and economic drivers of the industry (demand and supply, changes in applications, commodity speculation) will be discussed. Furthermore, strategies and methods for exploration suitable for certain ore deposits types will be reviewed.
|Learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures 30 h, hand-specimen examination, home work on reserve and resource calculations, and ore values. Also, group assignment and presentations on a subject such as mining company profiles, exploration methodologies etc.
|Recommended optional programme components
493301A Mining geophysics
774636S Geochemistry of mining environment
772632S Regional Ore Geology of Fennoscandia
774637S Isotope geochemistry for economic geologists
772694S Geometallurgy and mineral processing
|Recommended or required reading
Crowson, P. (2008) Mining unearthed. Aspermont, 423 p.
Wellmer, F.W., Dalheimer, M., Wagner, M. (2008) Economic valuations in exploration. Springer 174 p.
Eilu P (Ed.) (2012) Mineral deposits and metallogeny of Fennoscandia. Geological Survey of Finland, Special Paper 53, 401 p.,
Maier, W., O’Brien, H., Lahtinen, R. (Eds.) (2015) Ore Deposits of Finland. Elsevier, 792 p.
The availability of the literature can be checked from this link.