The Geology of Zinc Deposits (MDRU)

West Convention Centre / Registration Required
Speaker(s): Dr. David Leach Dr. Stephen Piercey Dr. Peter Megaw

Presented by: UBC’s Mineral Deposit Research Unit

Cost: Early Bird – $725; Regular – $830; Students – $179 (limited spaces)
Early-bird discounts available until mid-December. MDRU membership discounts also available

Course Description:

Zinc prices are rising, and zinc deposits are dwindling. Increase your geological knowledge of this important metal now while demand, commodity prices, exploration, and business activity are all at generational highs. This course will provide you with foundational information and the latest knowledge of zinc deposit models and geology from world-leading zinc experts. New developments in the classification and understanding of zinc deposits will be the central theme to this course and this knowledge has implications for exploration strategies and methods.


  • Dr. David Leach, Global Geoscience Consulting, Denver CO (prev. USGS)
  • Dr. Peter Megaw, Chief Exploration Officer at MAG Silver Corp.
  • Dr. Steve Piercey, Professor and NSERC-Altius Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Deposits, Memorial University


Saturday, Jan 20 - Sunday, Jan 21 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)


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Time Topic Speaker
Zn-Pb-Ag ores in Clastic Dominated Sedimentary Sequences
Zn-Pb-Ag ores in Carbonate Dominated Sedimentary Sequences: Mississippi Valley - type
Geology and mineralization in Carbonate Replacement Deposits
Geology of Zn-rich Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (VMS) Deposits
Geology of non-sulphide Zn deposits