The needs of mineral resources by our society is continuously growing. The performance of Geological Maps during all stages of exploration, is continuously achieved not only during the investigation phase, but also during the evaluation and exploitation phases of mineral resources. The Geological Maps are the base on which the other mining works are planned and performed. To have highly reliable Geological Maps all along the process is of primary importance. If these maps are not correct, the objectives of the search programs, on which important human, financial and material resources are invested, could fail.
The teacher of this course is Juan Jose Gomez, former Professor of the Faculty of Geological Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), where has been teaching Geological Mapping for more than 25 years, former General Manager of Exxon Minera Española. The course is presented through high quality multimedia contents within the virtual Moodle platform, combined with practical exercises together with videoconferences that could be visited at any time in case the student cannot be present on them, as well as videotutorials.
The main objective of this course is to prepare the student to face the challenge of the completion of a mining project. For this purpose, the course offers a text with numerous Geological Maps for minerals exploration of real cases, performed during the different stages of the mining projects, as well as 13 practical exercises oriented to develop the needed capabilities to obtain ”solid” interpreted geological maps and sections from outcrops maps containing mineral shows, and to design the boundaries of the mining rights to be applied for to the Mining Authorities to obtain the mining rights, and to design the geochemical and geophysical campaigns and the drilling program.
The students will deliver in the platform the answer to the exercises (maps and sections). The professor solution of the exercises will be published in the platform, and the exercises corrected and the marks and comments for each student will be notified independently. No examinations on the delivered text are forecasted, making the course eminently practical.