20/07/2017 Fieldtrip through Catalonia

During the first week of September we have organized a feldtrip in Catalonia in collaboration with the Siberia and Prague SGA Student Chapters, make sure to make the necessary applications.


Lluís Fontboté (M.Sc., University of Granada, Spain; Ph.D., Heidelberg University, Germany) is a full professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where he leads a research group that is active worldwide. His main area of expertise is epithermal polymetallic deposits linked to porphyry systems, iron oxide copper gold deposits, and MVT deposits. In collaboration with his students, Lluís has also published work focusing on VHMS and orogenic gold deposits, mainly in the Andes, as well as on acid mining drainage. He has worked in exploration for several commodities. 
This year he is the distinguished lecturer of the SEG and we will have the great honour to have him with us giving the talk: "Cordilleran polymetallic deposits as a deposit class in porphyry systems". The talk will be next 24th March at 11.30h in the Sala de Juntes.
We hope to see many of you!


Hugo Domínguez, from Dominican Republic, will be in the University of Barcelona next Monday (30/01/2017) giving the talk: “La exploración minera desde el punto de vista de un gerente de exploración” (Mining exploration from the perspective of an exploration manager). The talk will be at 11h at room 4.

He will speak about his long experience in the exploration field mainly in Dominican Republic but also in Central and South America. He will focus on the application of different technologies such as: SIG, teledetection, mineralogy and UAVS.

Citing the author:

“Un recuento de nuestras vivencias y experiencias a través de los años adquiridas en diferentes proyectos de exploración principalmente en la República Dominicana, Centro y Sudamérica. Con interés especial en las aplicaciones de las tecnologías de SIG, teledetección, mineralogía y más recientemente UAVs. En esta ponencia compartiremos nuestras experiencias ganadas y comentaremos sobre las virtudes de las aplicaciones de estas tecnologías a los fines prácticos del objetivo fundamental de la exploración, el hallazgo de yacimientos minerales de potencial económico. Compartiremos además de nuestras vivencias en el entorno ambiental y social de los proyectos.”

See you next Monday!


We would like to announce that after several years of hard work and lots of stress, one of our members, Lisard Torró i Abat, has successfully finished his doctoral thesis!Like Cristina Vilanova de Benavent, Thomas Hans Aiglsperger and Marc Campeny Crego - the members that finished their doctoral thesis the past year - Lisard was also one of our first members, and a founder of the Student Chapter. Lisard was the Student Chapter’s president 3 years ago and has always been an active member!

Lisard Torró i Abat

With the help of his advisors; Dr. Joaquín A. Proenza and Dr. Joan Carles Melgarejo, and our unconditional support, he will defend his amazing research in the Faculty of Earth Sciences of the University of Barcelona: “The shift from subduction-initiation to true subduction in intra-oceanic systems: Tectonic, magmatic and metallogenic evolution of Early Cretaceous arc-related units of Central and Oriental cordilleras in the Dominican Republic” the next Friday 27th of January in the Aula Magna at 11:00h.


Due to the high rate of participation in the previous activities organized by the Barcelona Student Chapter, we were more than devoted to the organization of our 5th workshop dedicated to skarn deposits, which was held on the 2nd and 3rd of December at the Faculty of Geology of the University of Barcelona. It counted with the total participation of 29 assistants, some of them even coming from the University of Oviedo, Asturias. The aim of this workshop was to provide an approach of these types of deposits regarding: their structure and genesis, their geochemistry, petrology, mineralogy and a review on the diverse techniques used in their exploration to undergraduate, master and PhD students, as well as for other professionals interested in these typology of deposit.

Morning of day 2nd December consisted of a cycle of conferences in which the followings were imparted: Albert Soler Gil (University of Barcelona) opened the session with an introductory lecture entitled Skarn-type deposits: genetic models in the Iberian Hercynian in which members were enlighted with the different complex processes responsible for the formation of these deposits, their structure, petrochemistry and classification. Proceeding into detail, Abigail Jiménez Franco (PhD student from the Polytechnical University of Catalonia- EPSEM) explained a particular example of skarn deposit with her lecture entitled The Velardeña (Zn-Pb-Cu) Skarn: new data on the mineralogy, fluid inclusions and isotopic geochemistry. Finally, Lluís Boixet Martí (Country Manager; Minería de Corcoesto S.L – Edgewater Exploration Ltd) treated the assistants to a memorable lecture entitled Prospection of auriferous deposits in the Iberian Peninsula. An example: the Carlés Skarn, Asturias in which members were provided not only with academic information but also with a business-exploration point of view.

In the same afternoon, assistants were invited to a 3-hour practical session imparted by Albert Soler that included hand-sample observation of numerous skarn samples and the visualization of the ores of these ones under reflected light microscope . During this session, assistants recognized various mineralogical assemblages of different types of skarns and familiarized with those samples belonging to the deposits visited on the fieldtrip.

The Barcelona Student Chapters one-day fieldtrip, leaded by Albert Soler, took place on the 3rd of December. It consisted on the observation and study of a few distal and proximal skarns located in the Axial Pyrenees, closely related to the magmatic intrusions of the late Hercynian orogeny, which included: an idiocrase skarn, a hedenbergite skarn, a pyrrhotite skarn and an arsenopyrite skarnoid (Fig.6). Assistants were deeply involved and had great pleasure in listening to all explanations regarding the processes associated to the genesis of each of these deposits and had the opportunity to acquire exceptional hand samples.


We gratefully acknowledge all lecturers: Albert Soler Gil, Abigail Jiménez Franco and Lluís Boixet Martí for their overwhelming speeches. In addition we express our most true gratitude to the SGA for the economic support offered, which allowed us to develop and carry out successfully all our activities as well as to the Faculty of Geology for their logistic and equipment provided.


Afegim també el formulari per accedir al workshop sense ser membre explícit de la SGA/SEG

Coffee stand 21st September

On day 21st of September a coffee stand was organized by the SGA-SEG members in order to welcome the new academic year. The planned activities encompassed the whole morning and afternoon and included diverse talks. The first three presentations corresponded to the final degree project of three graduated members from 2016: 
Mineralogía y Geoquímica del Yacimiento de bauxitas Las Mercedes y otros depósitos de la Sierra de Bahoruco, República Dominicana, by Daniel García, Multidisciplinary mineralogical characterization of PGM from the Loma Caribe peridotite, (Dominican Republic), by Sandra Baurier and Geochemical characterization of Late Neogene tephra layers in the Minas de Hellín and Cenajo Basins (SE Spain), by Anna Mireia Rabaza.
In addition, few members who attended the collaborative expedition with the Siberian Student Chapter this previous summer 2016 reported their experience in a casual and relaxed way before continuing with the welcoming celebration of the new academic year. 


During the first weeks of last August 2016 and after intense planning, the Siberian Student Chapter and the Barcelona Student Chapter put a beginning to their collaborative expedition fieldtrip. This consisted on the first collaboration with any other Student Chapters from part of the Barcelona Student Chapter and it could not have gone any better, consisting on a thoroughly planned and amazing week-long fieldtrip throughout Southeastern Siberia composed by seven members of each Chapter. 
During the first days the students had the opportunity to visit some important ore deposits of Siberia: the Kamenushikoe Cu deposit and the Salairskoe Pb-Zn deposit, located 300km from Novosibirsk in the Salair Ridge (Kemerovo Region), and Sinyuhinskoe Au deposit, located in northeastern Altai. The two types of ore commonly found at Salairskoe Pb-Zn ore field were characterized by massive carbonate-quartz-barite ore and disseminated barite-polymetallic ore whereas in Kamenushikoe Cu deposit ore minerals were represented mainly by pyrite and chalcopyrite. In addition, students had the chance to collect amazing hand samples of azurite, malachite and chrysocolla between others. On the other hand, at Sinyuhinskoe Au deposit, members were provided insights on the skarns of different compositions developed in tuffs and carbonate rocks in the contact zone with the Sinyukha massif, mainly on the wollastonite, garnet-wollastonite and pyroxene-wollastonite skarns associated with sulfide minerals. 
When interning into the Altai Mountains, the Siberian Student Chapter excellently guided the Barcelona members to both geological and cultural places of interest such as a) the largest natural history museum in Siberia; the “Paleopark”, b) the Cambrian – Ordovician Gornoaltaisk formation “Dragon’s teeth”, c) middle Devonian volcanites related to the continental margin in western Altai-Sayan foldbelt activity, d) a bewildering catastrophic glacial megaflood deposit called Inskoy “stone garden”, e) the beautiful confluence of Chuya and Katun’ rivers and its complex terraces, f)  fossil-bearing Silurian limestones belonging to the Gromatukhinskaya series, g) petroglyphs of Turkic peoples (9000-6000 B.C), h) the Kol’ka Snegiryov Monument and j) the well-known Shirlak waterfall and the alluring blue lake near Aktash Village. 
Above all, we want to thank the SGA Siberian Student Chapter for their dedication, their guidance and for having provided and shared such joyful and memorable moments with us and to the SGA itself for having supported this collaborative expedition from the beginning. 


The past fourteenth of May, ten of our students went to a fieldtrip to Sant Julià de Llor i Bonmatí mining district. Located in the, Montseny-Guilleries region, this  district had a great importance in the Spanish mining history, and was active during eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries (until 1972).
The main objective of this fieldtrip was to study the “Puig de Sant Julià” open-pit mine, where F-Ba (Pb-Zn- Cu) mineralisations were extracted. These mineralisations are located in fracture-associated veins, strata-bounded layers and Cambrian to Silurian metasomatic marbles and calc-silicates (Skarns).
The minerals that form the host rocks are mainly carbonates, such as calcite and dolomite, but there is also quartz, tremolite-actinolite, diopside and white micas (phlogopite and/or margarite).
The minerals forming the ore deposits are mainly sulfides, such as pyrite, chalcopyrite and galena. Malachite, pyrolusite, melanterite and goethite are present, but as a product of sulfide alteration (supergene). Additionally, some barite veins are found cutting the host rock and ore deposits.

The geochemistry of Ni in lateritic profiles and its relationship with the hosting minerals.


The laterite deposits placed in the Caribbean contain a significant amount of Ni.  Despite their geological relevance and economical interest, no detailed studies existed with regards to the mobility of Ni and its incorporation in their hosting minerals along the profiles. In the present talk, a set of results obtained by means of EMPA, µRAMAN, µXRF and µXAS from oxide type laterites from Cuba and silicate type laterites from Dominican Republic are presented. We studied the distribution of Ni in the limonitic and in garnieritic horizons to elucidate how Ni is accumulated in Mn-oxyhidroxides and within the Mg-hydrated phyllosilicates. The obtained results helped to explain the distribution and accumulation of Ni and the development of laterites from Moa-Bay and Falcondo Ni-laterite deposits. These studies also highlight how physicochemical factors such as soil porosity, pH regime and silica activity do have important implications for Ni accumulation and mobility across the profile.

Citing the lecturer, Josep Roqué Rosel himself:

“My research is focused on the measurement of the structure and chemistry of inorganic materials, with the goal of understanding and predicting their properties down to molecular levels. These in turn fundamentally control a wide range of geological and technological phenomena. I work primarily on ordered and disordered materials, including minerals, glassy silicates and ceramics. My primary research tools are X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The materials that I study are natural samples or are synthesized in the laboratory. The problems that I address are tied to large-scale processes in geology and geochemistry, as well as to those in high-tech industries. Among the former are the mechanisms involved in lateritic profile development and the accumulation of metals in soils; among the latter are the study of glasses, the study of the decay by-products in batteries and the optimization of catalysts.”