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Christoph A. Heinrich: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2016

Name Prof. Dr. Christoph A. Heinrich
FieldMineralische Rohstoffe und Prozesse des Erdinnern
Address
Inst. für Geochemie und Petrologie
ETH Zürich, NW F 82.1
Clausiusstrasse 25
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 632 68 51
E-mailchristoph.heinrich@erdw.ethz.ch
DepartmentEarth Sciences
RelationshipProfessor Emeritus

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
651-0254-00LSeminar Geochemistry and Petrology0 credits2SM. W. Schmidt, O. Bachmann, C. A. Heinrich, M. Schönbächler, D. Vance
AbstractSeminar series with external and occasional internal speakers addressing current research topics. Changing programs announced via D-ERDW homepage (Veranstaltungskalender)
ObjectivePresentations on isotope geochemistry, cosmochemistry, fluid processes, economic geology, petrology, mineralogy and experimental studies. Mostly international speakers provide students, department members and interested guests with insight into current research topics in these fields.
ContentWöchentliches Seminar mit Fachvorträgen eingeladener oder interner Wissenschafter, vornehmlich zu Themen der Geochemie, Isotogengeologie, Hydrothermalgeochemie, Lagerstättenbildung, Petrologie, Mineralogie und experimentelle Studien.
651-4024-00LOre Deposits II3 credits2GC. A. Heinrich, T. Driesner
AbstractMagmatic-hydrothermal ore formation from plate-tectonic scale to fluid inclusions, with a focus on porphyry-Cu-Au deposits, epithermal precious-metal deposits and granite-related Sn-W deposits
ObjectiveRecognise and interpret ore-forming processes in hand samples. Understand the string of processes that contribute to metal enrichment mainly along active plate margins, from lithosphere dynamics through magma evolution, fluid separation, subsolidus fluid evolution, and alteration and mineral precipitation by interaction of magmatic fluids with country rocks and the hydrosphere. Understand connection to active volcanism and geothermal processes. Insight into modern research approaches including firld mapping, analytical techniques and modelling in preparation for MSc projects.
ContentDetailed program of contents will be updated yearly and will be made available in the first class and by email distribution to those who subscribe to the course
Lecture notesShort notes are distributed in class
LiteratureExtensive reference list distributed with course notes
Prerequisites / NoticeBuilds on BSc course "Rohstoffe der Erde" and MSc course "Ore Deposits I", as essential introductions to the principles of hydrothermal ore formation in sedimentary basins and to orthomagmatic metal enrichment in layered intrusions. Reflected Light Microscopy and Ore Deposit Practical, coordinated with Ore Deposits I, is recommended but not essential. BSc students intending to study the module Mineral Resources and Technical Mineralogy in their MSc program should take both courses "Ore Deposits I and II" during their MSc studies, not as elective credits during the BSc.
651-4036-00LField Excursion Module Mineral Resources Restricted registration - show details
Only for Earth Sciences MSc.

Number of participants limited to 20.
3 credits6PA. Quadt Wykradt-Hüchtenbruck, T. Driesner, C. A. Heinrich
AbstractExcursion to areas of active and past mining activity and practical industry courses. Mapping relations between regional/local geology and ore deposit formation in the field and in active mines. Insight into the work of mine and exploration geologists, including geophysical measurements, geochemical data handling, economic evaluation, etc.
ObjectiveUnderstand the regional and local geology as a framework for ore deposit formation. Discuss actual ore deposits and their position within this framework during mine visits. Study similarities and differences between processes leading to the formation of different ore deposit types. Obtain insight into challenges linking economic geology and mining with social and environmental constraints.
Prerequisites / NoticeCourse plans changing through the years. Subscribe through MyStudies once; depending on the rolling 2-year program, it is possible to obtain credits by combination of several excursions and courses.
651-4082-00LFluids and Mineral Deposits2 credits1SC. A. Heinrich, T. Driesner, A. Quadt Wykradt-Hüchtenbruck, J. P. Weis
AbstractPresentations and literature discussions on current reserch topics in fluid processes and mineral deposit research.
ObjectiveProvide a deeper understanding in the selected research fields on hydrothermal processes and ore deposit formation. This is achieved by literature work as well as discussions of current BSc, MSc and PhD projects, including the MSc Thesis Defense
ContentTopics of hydrothermal geochemistry, fluid flow and ore formation
860-0015-00LSupply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources I3 credits2GC. A. Heinrich, L. Bretschger, F. Brugger, S. Hellweg, B. Wehrli
AbstractStudents critically assess the economic, social, political, and environmental implications of extracting and using energy resources, metals, and bulk materials along the mineral resource cycle for society. They explore various decision-making tools that support policies and guidelines pertaining to mineral resources, and gain insight into different perspectives from government, industry, and NGOs.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to:
- Explain basic concepts applied in resource economics, economic geology, extraction, processing and recycling technologies, environmental and health impact assessments, resource governance, and secondary materials.
- Evaluate the policies and guidelines pertaining to mineral resource extraction.
- Examine decision-making tools for mineral resource related projects.
- Engage constructively with key actors from governmental organizations, mining and trading companies, and NGOs, dealing with issues along the mineral resource cycle.
LiteratureURL: https://moodle-app2.let.ethz.ch/course/view.php?id=1403
Prerequisites / NoticeSeven week course offered from February 23rd to April 14th.
This course is prerequisite for the case study module course
860-0016-00 Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources II.
Bachelor of Science or Engineering, and enrolled in a Master's or PhD program at ETH Zurich.
860-0016-00LSupply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources II Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 12.

Prerequisite:
3 credits2UB. Wehrli, F. Brugger, C. A. Heinrich, N. Lefebvre, J. Mertens
AbstractStudents integrate their knowledge of mineral resources and technical skills to frame and investigate a commodity-specific challenge faced by countries involved in resource extraction. By own research they evaluate possible policy-relevant solutions, engaging in interdisciplinary teams coached by tutors and experts from natural social and engineering sciences.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to:
- Integrate, and extend by own research, their knowledge of mineral resources from course 860-0015-00, in a solution-oriented team with mixed expertise
- Apply their problem solving, and analytical skills to critically assess, and define a complex, real-world mineral resource problem, and propose possible solutions.
- Summarize and synthesize published literature and expert knowledge, evaluate decision-making tools, and policies applied to mineral resources.
- Document and communicate the findings in concise group presentations and a report.
Lecture notesURL: https://moodle-app2.let.ethz.ch/course/view.php?id=1403
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite is 860-0015-00 Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources I. Limited to 12 participants, and the lecturers will compose two teams of mixed background and expertise. First priority will be given to students enrolled in the Master of Science, Technology, and Policy Program. These students must confirm their participation by February 8th by registration through MyStudies. Other graduate students interested in enrolling will be placed onto a waiting list when registering through MyStudies. In addition, these students should please send an e-mail to Prof. Heinrich (christoph.heinrich@erdw.ethz.ch) explaining their motivation in a few sentences.