Ore Forming Processes
Raise your prospects!
Study and research ore forming processes at the University of Otago in the active geological environment of New Zealand
Know where you are in:
- the substructure of a volcano
- a fault system
- an island arc
- a collision assemblage
- magma chamber processes
- structural controls on fluid redistribution
- physico-chemical conditions affecting hydrothermal precipitation
- fluvial processes and the evolution of placer systems in tectonically active terrain
The following papers on offer for the degrees of MSc and DipSci include a thematic set on ore forming processes (marked with *).
- GEOL 421* - Sedimentary basin analysis: pattern and process - Professor Gary Wilson, Assoc. Prof.. James White, Dr Andrew Gorman
- GEOL 422* - Magmatic and Metamorphic processes - Assoc. Prof. James White, Prof. Alan Cooper
- GEOL 423* - Faulting and Fluid Flow - Prof. Rick Sibson
- GEOL 424* - Ore Geochemistry - Dr Michael Palin
- GEOL 427 - New Zealand Paleobiodiversity - Prof. Ewan Fordyce
- GEOL 428 - Paleo-oceanography - Prof. Ewan Fordyce
- GEOL 429 - Isotope geochemistry - Dr Candace Martin, Dr Michael Palin
- GEOL 430 - Tectonic processes - Prof. Richard Norris
- GEOL 431 - Applies Geophysics - Dr Andrew Gorman, Professor Gary Wilson
Papers within the thematic set include field trips focusing on active and ancient faulting and hydrothermal flow systems in the Otago Schists and Southern Alps, on the structure of volcanic edifices, and on active fluvial geomorphology related to placer development; and possibly to the North Island volcanoes.
NOTE: Students are encouraged to select papers from inside and outside the thematic set according to their interests. Not all papers are on offer in any one year.
BSc entrants can enrol for either a 1-year DipSci course requiring four papers and an independent research project, or opt for a full MSc requiring five papers (plus GEOL 495) in the first year and a thesis (total of 2.0 - 2.5 years).
BSc(Hons) entrants may enrol for an MSc by thesis only (1.0 - 1.5 years).
Current research topics include active hydrothermal systems in the Southern Alps, structural controls on vein systems in the Otago Schists, hydrothermal geochemistry of schist-hosted vein systems, tectonic reworking of gold placers, structural permeability in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, phreato-magmatic eruptive processes, structure of the Alpine Fault Zone, terrane structure and stratigraphy, environmental geochemistry.