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On this page, you will find information about economic geology, the work UAlberta scientists are doing in this area, and the effect their work has.
Economic geology is a discipline of science that focuses on earth materials that can be used for economic or industrial development purposes. Often, much of the purpose of study is to identify new ore deposits for excavation as well as understanding how ore deposits are generated and localized within Earth’s crust.
The materials researchers are most involved with include:
As many of these resources are non-renewable, scientists in this discipline use innovative methods to find new deposits and other valuable materials to counteract scarcity.
Research in the realm of economic geology often encompasses other disciplines such as coal and petroleum geology (sedimentology), ore geology and genesis, mineralogy, structural geology, geochemistry, and geophysics.
Read some of the news stories about UAlberta scientists and their research relating to economic geology.
Economic geologists show hydrotalcites are capable of carbon sequestration beneath the surface of mine tailings.
March 12, 2019
University of Alberta geophysicists looking for information on perceptions, experiences with oil and gas industry.
February 25, 2019
New funding from Alberta Innovates supports pilot project with Albertan oil and gas company.
January 22, 2018
Unexpected finding shows surprises geoscientists around the world
Read about Pilar Lecumberri-Sanchez, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Science who is bringing fresh expertise in economic geology to the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
The Faculty of Science is training the next generation of scientists in the latest advances in economic geology and other disciplines of earth sciences.
Learn more about the faculty overseeing the latest economic geology projects and their research interests below.
Matt Steele-MacInnis's research focus: Economic geology, geochemistry, properties and roles of fluids in Earth’s interior
Pilar Lecumberri-Sanchez's research focus: Economic geology, metal deposition, geochemistry, metal precipitation
Robert Creaser’s research focus: Radiogenic isotope geochemistry, economic geology, geochronology
Sarah Gleeson's research focus: Economic geology, hydrothermal geochemistry, tracing fluid flow, hydrothermal ore deposits, halogens and chlorine isotopes, formation of Ni laterite deposits
Sasha Wilson’s research focus: Biogeochemistry, environmental aspects of economic geology, crystal chemistry, isotope geochemistry
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Get started in economic geology by exploring the undergraduate studies program in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS).
We also offer various masters and PhD programs for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in economic geology at the highest academic levels.
The following organizations help the University of Alberta by providing funding for research and grad students.
The Faculty of Science boasts many award-winning faculty, students, and alumni. Read about some of them in the stories below.
As a research institution, the University of Alberta houses many facilities to help enhance the education of our students. Check out all of the resources related to economic geology we have to offer in the links below.
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