ES 4452Z

Earth Sciences 4452Z: International Geoscience Field Experience

A thematic field course to a different international destination each year; the theme usually focuses on economic geology.
2017-2018: Columbia
2016-2017: Phillipines
2015-16: Republic of Finland. Geology and ore deposits of the Fennoscandian Shield: gold mineralization, massive sulphide deposits (Cu, Zn, Au), chromium, and Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization.  
2014-15: Dominican Republic. Volcanism, tectonics, mining.
2013-14: Sultanate of Oman. Semail ophiolite, copper and chromite mining, petroleum geology, coastal and continental sabkhas on the Barr Al Hikman peninsula, meteorites.
2012-13: South Africa. Bushveld Intrusion, Witswatersrand basin, Barberton greenstone belt, and Vredefort impact structure.
2011-12: Brazil. Paleoproterozoic orogenic domain of the northern São Francisco craton in Bahia State, Quadrilátero Ferrífero mining district in Minas Gerais State.
2010-11: Philippines. Metamorphic terranes, magmatic arcs, ophiolitic complexes, sedimentary basins in Northwestern Luzon.
2009-10: Turkey. Kirka mine, Koru deposit, Halilaga deposit, Ovacik deposit, Kisladag deposit, Ayazmant mine, Samli deposit, Kucukdere mine, Western Anatolia.
2008-09: Spain and Portugal. The Iberian Pyrite Belt.
2007-08: England: classic tin-tungsten mineralization in Cornwall and Devon.
2006-07: Cyprus. Troodos ophiolite.

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*Cross-listed with the Geology 9600Y graduate course.

Fees and Registration:

Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2250Y and registration in year 4 of a Specialization, Honors Specialization or Professional Program offered by the Department of Earth Sciences with a minimum cumulative average of 70%.
Extra Information: A 10 to 14 day field course typically held in April/May although it may be offered at other times of the year given the weather in international locations.Note: Students must register prior to the September "Add" deadline for full year courses (see Undergraduate Sessional Dates). Registration in the course is conditional and competitive as course costs are largely covered by external funds raised by the department just prior to departure. A committee will adjudicate students on the basis of grades in program courses, a vision statement submitted as part of the application process, and demonstrated interest in field studies. Course may not be used towards minimum graduation requirements. Students who are not successful will have the course dropped from their record; normal drop dates do not apply to this course. Students are expected to contribute toward the cost of accommodation, food, and miscellaneous expenses.
Note: Students must inform the Department of their intention to register in the course prior to May 1st, and register prior to August 15th. The field course is subsidized by the department. Students will pay $650 in 2014, payable by May 1st. The cost may increase by $25 every year thereafter.

Photos from the Field