Economic Geology

Course Information
CodeGMO 886Ε
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorVasilios Melfos
Course ID40001854

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The students are expected to learn about: • the mineral raw materials which are useful in industry and in the construction of high technology products • the matters relating to the prediction, exploration, evaluation, extraction, exploitation and distribution of the mineral wealth of a country • the methods and the stages of exploration of ore deposits • the factors and the parameters of economic evaluation and assessment of the ore deposits • the planning and evaluation of the mining operations • the specific problems in mining projects • the markets and the prices of the mineral raw materials • the policy of the mineral raw materials • the reserves of the mineral raw materials • the re-use of the raw materials
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Raw materials. Prospecting and identification methods of mineral deposits. Factors and parameters of economic evaluation and estimation of mineral deposits. Exploitation programming. Specific problems in mining programs. Marketing and prices of raw materials. Raw materials policy. Recycling of raw materials. Impacts to the environment from the exploitation of primary minerals. Drawing and restoration of regions of surficial or underground exploitation. Writing of restoration proposal.
Mineral Resources, Ore deposits exploration, Trade of Mineral resources
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Lectures are conducted with the use of computers and software. The communication with the students is achieved via e-mail and facebook.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment200.7
Written assigments50.2
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
1) Commission Of The European Communities (2008). Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: The raw materials initiative - meeting our critical needs for growth and jobs in Europe. Brussels, 4.11.2008 2)Yπουργείο Περιβάλλοντος Ενέργειας & Κλιματικής Αλλαγής (2011). Εθνική Πολιτική της Χώρας για την Αξιοποίηση του Ορυκτού Πλούτου. 3) Barnes J.W. (1995). Ores and Minerals. Introducing Economic geology. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester. 181 p. 4) Solovov A.P. (1987). Geochemical prospecting. Mr Publishers, Moscow. 287 p. 5) Rose A.W., Hawkes H.E., Webb J.S. (1979). Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration. Academic Press, london. 657 p. 6) Wellmer F-W. (1986). Economic evaluations in exploration. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 163 p. 7) Evans A.M. (1995). Introduction to Mineral Exploration. Blackwell Science, Oxford. 220 p. 8) Levinson A.A., Bradshaw P.M., Thompson I. (1987). Practical problems in exploration geochemistry. Applied Publishing Ltd, Wilmete, Illinois. 269 p. 9) Fleitcher W.K., Hoffman S.J., Mehrtens M.B., Sinclair A.J., Thomson I. (1986). Exploration geochemistry: Design and interpetation of soil surveys. Reviews in Economic Geology, vol 3, 180 p. 10)Swennena R., Van der Sluysb J. (1998). Zn, Pb, Cu and As distribution patterns in overbank and medium-order stream sediment samples: their use in exploration and environmental geochemistry. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 65, 27–45. 11) Demetriades A. (2008). Overbank sediment sampling in Greece: a contribution to the evaluation of methods for the ‘Global Geochemical Baselines’ mapping project. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 8, 229-239. 12) Wellmer F.-W., Becker-Platen J. (2002). Sustainable development and the exploitation of mineral and energy resources: a review. International Journal of Earth Sciences 91, 723-745. 13) Chapman R.J., Mortensenb J.K. (2006). Application of microchemical characterization of placer gold grains to exploration for epithermal gold mineralization in regions of poor exposure. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 91, 1–26. 14) Wellmer F-W, Becker-Platen JD (2001). Global nonfuel mineral resources and sustainability. In: Briskey JA, Schulz KJ (eds)Proc 31st International Geological Congress Workshop on Deposit Modeling, Mineral Resource Assessment, and their Role in Sustainable Development. US Geological Survey Circula 15) McCuaig T.C., Hronsky J.M.A. (2000). The current status and future of the interface between the exploration industry and economic geology research. In: Hagemann, S.G., Brown, P.E. (Eds.), Gold in 2000. Reviews in Economic Geology, vol. 13, pp. 553–559.
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