Modular Course: Introduction to the Physics and Chemistry of Hydrothermal Ore Deposits

DatesFebruary 16-23 2013
CityOttawa, Ontario, Canada
LocationUniversity of Ottawa
Postal CodeK1N 6N5
Contact NameSandra Sheperd
Local Phone613-562-5186
Topics- A Practical Guide to the Ore Elements (Feb 16 & 17)
- Physics and Chemistry of Ore Fluids (Feb 18 & 19)
- Fluid Evolution and Hydrothermal Alteration (Feb 20 & 21)
- Fluids in Porphyry, Epithermal, and VMS Systems (Feb 22 & 23)
Main BodyThis intensive 8-day course will explore the fundamentals of the physics and chemistry of ore-forming fluids in hydrothermal systems. The course will provide an introduction to concepts that are critical to understanding hydrothermal ore deposits and exploring for a variety of mineral deposit types in both continental and submarine environments. We will examine aspects of fluid flow and the hydrogeology of active geothermal systems, the processes that influence permeability evolution and permeability-depth relationships, mineral stabilities and controls on metal solubilty in hydrothermal systems, P-T-pH-redox conditions and their importance in ore formation, and the integration of basic fieldwork and sample descriptions to unravel fluid-rock interactions. Leading experts will discuss methods for interpreting field and laboratory data, providing participants with a practical understanding of the behaviour of ore elements and alteration in a variety of hydrothermal systems … “from drill core to phase diagrams and back". A special session will also be presented by Dr. Louis Cabri (Cabri Consulting Inc.) on practical aspects of quantitative mineralogy in sulfide and gold ores from a metallurgical perspective.
ScheduleFour 2-day modules, daily 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Thomas Monecke (Colorado School of Mines)
Steve Ingebritsen (U.S. Geological Survey)
Mark Hannington (University of Ottawa)
Iain Samson (University of Windsor)
Dan Kontak (Laurentian University)
Louis Cabri (Cabri Consulting Inc.)
FeesThe course consists of 4 two-day modules.
Professionals: CAD$500 per module
Students: CAD$50 per module, CAD$75 per module after December 14.
The fee includes lunches, reception, and course notes. Credits are applicable to graduate programs and professional training requirements where permitted.
Course registration information can be downloaded at


OrganizerDepartment of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa
Address140 Louis Pasteur Pvt., Marion Hall 219, Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1N 6N5