Modul economic geology of elemental raw material

(Lecture room K1)


Economic geology of hydrocarbon deposits



Practical class (Oct 31, Nov 7): data analysis of the BP energy database for 2013 see


Answer the following questions based on your data analysis

1) Which continents use the most oil, gas and coal and which continents have the largest reserves
2) Convert the fossil fuel reserves into energy values (1 tonne of oil equivalent = ca. 11,63 MWh) (1 MW = 8760 MWh per year). Which continent has the most energy left!
3) Make your own analysis on how long these fossils fuel will last assuming i) current consumption rates ii) projected consumption rates based on past increases
4) Based on the data for Germany, estimate how long it will take that 50% of the energy produced by fossil fuels is replaced by renewable energy sources.
5) Use the data base to help prepare your seminar talk

Each talk should not excess 20 minuties. There is typically 35-40 minutes of discussion that follows.


November 14

10.15 - 11.00. Athabasca oil (tar) sands Sara Kaphengst

11.00 - 11.45. Hydrocarbon deposits in Artic regions. Caroline Podlech


Novemeber 21

10.15 - 11.00. North Sea Hydrocarbon deposits . Johannes Hierold

11.00 - 11.45. Russian oil deposits. Caroline Neugebauer


Novemeber 21

10.15 - 11.00. Gas shales North America. Thomas Krüger

11.00 - 11.45. Nigerian oil reserves. Kester Chukukwuji


December 12

10.15 - 11.00. Australian Coal. Oliver Böhm

11.00 - 11.45. Coal deposits of germany. Christian Burmeister


December 19

10.15. Discussion of the practice excersie: Energy analysis


Topical Lecture- Oil spills and remediation



After Christmas programme


Economic geology of metal ore deposits



Janaury 9

Metals and Meteorites.

Oliver Böhm

Chemical precipitation and sedimentation: e.g. banded iron-formations: the Mount Whaleback iron ore deposit, Hamersley Province, Western Australia, precipitation of Manganese nodules.)

Christian Burmeister



Janaury 13

9.00-12.00 Practical class: Laboratory methods for investigating metal ore deposits.


Janaury 16

10.15 Exhalative venting and black smokers on the sea floor (volcanic massive sulphides): e.g. the VMS deposits of the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus.

Kester Chukukwuji

11.00 Crystal fractionation and formation of monominerallic chromitite layers (including PG elements): e.g. the UG1 chromatite seam, Bushveld Complex Thomas Krüger


Janaury 23

10.15 Magmatic-hydrothermal fluids associated with granite intrusions: porphyry copper deposits, Chile (e.g. La Escondida), The MacTung tungsten skarn

deposit, Yukon, Canada, polymetallic mineralization associated with the granites of Cornwall, southwest England.

Caroline Neugebauer

11.00 Lithium Evaporites in South America

Hans-Georg Neumann


Janaury 30

10.00 Placer deposits e.g. the alluvial diamond deposits of the Orange River, southern Africa

Caroline Podlech

10.45 Diamond bearing kimberlites and lamproites: e.g. The Orapa diamond mine (Botswana), the Argyle diamond mine (Western Australia), mines in Sibera (USSR)

Sara Kaphengst

11.30 . Uranium deposits (various origins): e.g. The Rössing uranium deposit, the Oklo reactor (Gabon)

Levani Lomsadze - Personal profiling




What should be in your report?


1. Include the figures of your 2 presentations and write out the text so that you could repeat the talk in 2 years time, for example.

2. Place special emphasis on researching the question proposed in the discussion and write an extensive reply. Include extra figures if needed. With the agreement of everybody, the discussions of all presentation will be compiled in a comment document that can be circulated to all when the course has come to an end.

3. include the results of the questions that were posed in the practical excercises in the appendix of your report.