SC4: Exploration for Skarn Deposits

SC4: Exploration for Skarn Deposits

Presented by

Lawrence Meinert

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA; Editor, Economic Geology

Skarns are some of the largest and highest grade ore deposits in the world, including Antamina , Ertsberg, and Las Bambas. This short course is designed to help explorers understand skarn deposits with common sense exploration concepts and easy to apply mineralogical guides. The focus will be on the zonation patterns that are useful in exploration with a discussion of how the zonation pattern varies in different environments. The following topics will be covered:

1) Introduction, definition and mineralogy;

2) Classification and terminology;

3) Skarn-forming processes and evolutionary stages;

4) General characteristics of major skarn types (Au, Cu, W, Sn, Pb-Zn, Fe, Mo, and others);

5) Zonation in skarn systems;

6) Factors affecting the formation of skarns and zonation patterns; and

7) Skarn exploration techniques.


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Tuesday 2 April 2019


8.00am - 5.00pm


Cordis Hotel, Auckland, NZ


NZ $250 Member

NZ $300 Non Member

NZ $50 Student


Morning and afternoon teas and lunch