Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Mineral resources

Overall Course Objectives

Minerals and mineral resources are found everywhere in our daily lives. The understanding of their properties and structure, is essential for our understanding of their roles in, for example the underground, the environment or in building materials. In this course we will review the most important minerals and gain insight into their formation and their properties by using petrographic microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Additionally, we will visit a company and hear why the knowledge of mineralogy is so important.

Learning Objectives

  • characterise different types of minerals based on their crystal chemistry, crystal structure and physical properties.
  • explain the effect of mineral anisotropy on the resulting physical properties.
  • evaluate a natural mineral assemblage (rock or sediment) and describe the geological processes behind its formation.
  • examine optical properties of rock-forming minerals under microscope.
  • prepare samples and interpret and justify results from X-ray diffraction experiments.
  • describe and discuss the industrial values and uses of minerals.
  • identify and describe the different stages of a mineral extraction operation.
  • geostatistical evaluation of mineral deposits

Course Content

Mineralogy, minerals, mineral properties, X-ray diffraction, mineral resources, geology, igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks, sedimentary rocks, sediments, plate tectonics.

Teaching Method

Lectures, excercises, company visit

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12430
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Fri 8-12

7.500,00 DKK

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