Ancient and Modern Volcanic-hosted Massive Sulfide (VHMS) Deposits

East Meeting Level / Registration Required
Speaker(s): J. Bruce Gemmell

Full 2-day Course Cost: Early Bird – $577.50; Regular – $693 (includes GST); Students $199.50 (limited spaces)
Early-bird discount available until mid-December.

Course Description:

This short course will include an overview of the geology, genesis, and exploration for volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VHMS) deposits, including ancient and modern examples. Topics to be covered include general features, classification and genetic models; deposits through time; hydrothermal alteration and geochemistry; and exploration techniques/strategies. VHMS deposits discussed come from Canada (Noranda, Bathurst, Cordillera), Australia, USA, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Eretria, and Russia. The short course will end with an examination of modern, seafloor, mineralizing hydrothermal systems and a comparison of these to the ancient deposits.

Top Take-Aways:

  • Geology and genesis of volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VHMS) deposits
  • Nature of VHMS deposits through earth’s history
  • Exploration techniques and strategies
  • Analogous modern, seafloor hydrothermal systems

Who should attend:

This course is intended for professional geologists, as well as postgraduate students, who are interested in the geology, genesis and exploration potential of volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VHMS) deposits.

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Saturday, Jan 26 - Sunday, Jan 27 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)


Vancouver Convention Centre East
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
East Meeting Level


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Time Topic Speaker
Saturday, January 26th 8:30am - 10:00am VHMS deposits – Introduction (general features, classification, geodynamic settings) J. Bruce Gemmell
Saturday, January 26th 10:00am - 10:30am MORNING BREAK
Saturday, January 26th 10:30am - 12:00pm VHMS deposits – Genetic models J. Bruce Gemmell
Saturday, January 26th 12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCH
Saturday, January 26th 1:00pm - 2:30pm Archean-Proterozoic VHMS deposits (Canada, Australia, Eretria) J. Bruce Gemmell
Saturday, January 26th 2:30pm - 3:00pm AFTERNOON BREAK
Saturday, January 26th 3:00pm - 4:30pm Paleozoic VHMS deposits (Australia, Canada, Russia, Spain-Portugal) J. Bruce Gemmell
Sunday, January 27th 8:30am - 10:00am Mesozoic –Tertiary VHMS deposits (Canada, USA, Japan) J. Bruce Gemmell
Sunday, January 27th 10:00am - 10:00am MORNING BREAK
Sunday, January 27th 10:30am - 12:00pm Hydrothermal alteration and geochemistry J. Bruce Gemmell
Sunday, January 27th 12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCH
Sunday, January 27th 1:00pm - 2:30pm Exploring for VHMS deposits (geological, geochemical and geophysical criteria) J. Bruce Gemmell
Sunday, January 27th 2:30pm - 3:00pm AFTERNOON BREAK
Sunday, January 27th 3:00pm - 4:30pm Modern seafloor hydrothermal systems J. Bruce Gemmell