This site is designed to introduce a graduate course on
Economic Geology to prospective students at the University of Texas at Austin and to
provide information of interest to current students. GEO 386E is a survey course on the
general geologic, engineering, and economic features that are important to the discovery,
production, and reclamation of commercial concentrations of non-hydrocarbon mineral
resources. As is the case for the mineral resources industries at present, the course will
have a global perspective and will deal with mineral resources in many countries.
are being developed for a intrasemester field trip that will provide an opportunity to examine
firsthand the geology, exploration, processing, and environmental issues related to minerals
Geology 386E provides an introduction to the geologic and economic factors that result in the development
of commercial concentrations of non-energy mineral resources. Course content varies depending on the interests
and backgrounds of the students each semester (course may be repeated for credit). Emphasis will be placed on
the descriptive geology and origin of economic mineral concentrations within the context of their overall
geologic settings. The geologic and economic nature of metallic and industrial mineral commodities in
both "hard rock" and "soft rock" geologic environments will be discussed. Related topics to be discussed
include importance of mineral resources to the global economy, mineral exploration and evaluation,
and mineral extraction and processing. Lab exercises typically involve representative sample suites
from important ore deposits worldwide, with emphasis on features that affect their discovery, evaluation,
development, and processing. An introduction to software used in exploration, evaluation, and mine planning
will be provided. Two research papers are required: a brief commodity report and a longer report dealing
with a geologic, engineering, or economic topic for a major ore deposit or type of mineral resource.
These papers can be directed toward potential or existing graduate research projects.
Geology 386E also serves as a core course in the Energy and Mineral Resources Program of the Jackson
School of Geosciences.
An intrasemester field trip is anticipated to examine the geology, exploration, processing,
and environmental issues related to minerals production.
Richard Kyle developed this course and has taught it since 1980. If you have any questions or comments about the course, you may
reach me at email@example.com.