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EA2510 - Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences (pre 2015)

An outline of the distribution and abundance of Earth resources in the form of metalliferous ores, industrial minerals and fossil fuels. Description of major metalliferous ore types. Elements of resource evaluation, extraction and processing in the context of national and international environmental and socio-economic considerations. Introduction to mining and exploration methods as applied to metalliferous mineral deposits including remote sensing and GIS and geophysical and geochemical techniques. Introduction to surface and environmental processes and practices in the resource industries.

Learning Outcomes

  • to gain an understanding of the mechanisms by which mineral resources form;
  • develop an understandign and be able to undertake basic exploration for mineral deposits;
  • develop an understanding of the nature, challenges and ways of evaluating and exploiting mineral resources, and related environmental issues;
  • to gain an informed perspective of global natural resources, Australia's and Queensland's resource based economics and the socio-economic impacts.
Prerequisites: EA1110 plus at least 9 credit points level 1 AN, AR, BZ, EV, MA, MB, PH, SC, (BU1004 or BU1104) subjects
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EA2500 EA3910 EA5320

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor John Carranza
Lecturers: Professor Zhaoshan Chang, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 30 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); practicals (30%); assignments (15%); practical exam (5%).

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