The following short courses are scheduled during Joint Assembly.

Saturday, 2 May – Sunday, 3 May

The Geology and Geochemistry of Uranium and Thorium Deposits
Short Course Leaders: Michel Cuney (CNRS) and Kurtis Kyser (Queen’s University)
The goals of this course are to highlight the research that can be integrated into refining exploration strategies for uranium and also to discuss new developments in thorium deposits as a future energy resource as it will become an increasingly important by-product of REE mining. The course will consider geotectonic contexts and models of different types of uranium deposits and the mechanisms that control their genesis, relating source, transport, driving forces deposition and preservation, and how these can be used in more efficient uranium exploration and remediation. Topics include but are not limited to: nuclear fuel cycles and the economics of uranium and thorium fuels; new classifications of deposit types; distribution and evaluation of global resources and mining techniques; and geochemistry and mineralogy of uranium and thorium. Registration fee includes a copy of the short course volume, daily coffee breaks, and lunch.


Saturday, 2 May  – Sunday, 3 May

Geology of Granite-Greenstone Terranes and Their Mineral Deposits Course
Short Course Organizer: Society for Economic Geology; Presenters: K. Howard Poulsen; Harold Gibson (Laurentian University); François Robert (Global Exploration)
Granite-greenstone terranes are remnants of once larger tracts of metavolcanic, metaplutonic, and metasedimentary rocks now surrounded and/or intruded by granitoid rocks of similar absolute age. They are important sources of gold, zinc, copper, nickel, and other commodities. The course will provide an overview of geological principles and tools needed to work effectively in this setting, with examples from Precambrian shields and younger accretionary orogens. The recognition, in outcrop and drill core, of volcanic, sedimentary, and plutonic protoliths that have been altered, metamorphosed, and deformed is a recurring practical problem; the application of basic field criteria along with supporting data will be used to establish a framework for mineral exploration. Descriptions of the main types of mineral deposits found in this setting will be augmented by a discussion of exploration guidelines.
The two-day course, to be held at McGill University, will consist of eight 2-hour modules and is aimed at those who plan to work in such terranes, including young professionals and students, as well as managers who possess some geological background. Details about how to register will be posted as information becomes available via the SEG Web site.