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Geology of mineral deposits

Code: 41043
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Dražen Balen
doc. dr. sc. Andrea Čobić
Lecturers: Laura Posarić , mag. ing. geol. - Practicum
dr. sc. Petra Schneider - Practicum
Take exam: Studomat
English level:


In agreement with the students enrolled in the course, the lecturer will provide as many teaching elements in English as possible, or in both English and Croatian for mixed groups (i.e., bilingual teaching materials and bilingual exams). Level 2 also includes additional individual consultations with foreign students (as in Level 1) for the teaching elements which will be held in Croatian.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 45
Practicum 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Earth structure, origin of magma, elements of global tectonics. Geology of Dinarides. Deposits related to liquid magma processes, crystallisation differentiates, liquid segregates. Chromite, Ni-Co sulphides (platinum), carbonatite, komatiite, diamond, nefelinite, titanomagnetite, apatite, late-magmatic (Kiruna type), 5. Postmagmatic, pegmatites. Pneumatolites, (skarns, greisens). Massive sulphides (Cypruss type). Hydrothermal deposits (kata-, meso-epi), Cu-porphyries, (cementation zone). High-sulphidation, Low-sulphidation, (Bor, Majdanpek, Trepča). With loose connection to magmatism (Ljubija siderite deposit), SEDEX (Fe-Vareš, Hg-Idrija, Mn-Čevljanovići), Kuroko, Mississippi valley Pb-Zn (Mežica, Bleiberg, Olovo). Sedimentary deposit, Sabkha related, (Cu-schists, Ba-Lokve), resistates (Au, Pt, diamonds, cassiterite). Precipitates (U-Žirovski Vrh, Colorado plateau type), hidrolysates (bauxites, laterites, Ni-laterites). Metamorphogenic and metamorphose deposits (Au-mesothermal). Metallogeny and plate tectonics (Wilson Alpine cycle) in general, in Dinarides.

Learning outcomes:

Basic knowledge strongly depends on the middle
school experience (high school in USA). In average bellow some colloquially accepted standards.
General knowledge on materials, evolution of the Earth as a planet and the life on it, is raised
in the course of the study program.
The basic understanding of principles are succesfully acquired. Terminology, nomenclature and use of bibliography are gradually improved to the level satisfactory for undergraduate study.
One of the aims oft he course is to emphasize
interdisciplinary connections , necessary for understanding of compex ore forming processes,
and contemporary problems in the environmental protection.
Global tectonics in explanation of metallogenic principles is widely in use.
  1. Evans, A.M.: Ore geology and industrial minerals, Blackwell, London, 1990, 389.
  2. Sawkins, F.J.: Metal deposits in relation to plate tectonics. Springer Verlag, 1990, 460
Prerequisit for:
Enrollment :
Passed : General mineralogy
Passed : Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Passed : System of mineralogy
Attended : Geochemistry
6. semester
Mandatory course - Regular study - Geology
Consultations schedule: