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April 15 Meeting: Economic Geology: The Science and Search for Mineral Resources – Dr. William Chavez

April 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Please come join us for our April 2024 FCGS Meeting!

Dr. William X Chavez, Jr. – New Mexico School of Mines

Economic Geology: The Science and Search for Mineral Resources


Economic Geology involves the application of geosciences – especially geologic understanding of essential earth processes – to the exploration for, and understanding the genesis of, mineral resources. Minerals have been mined since Paleolithic times, with the significance of metals in maintaining and improving human lives prompting the search for – and exploitation of – mineral resources since prehistoric times. Nonetheless, the science of economic geology had beginnings only in the early part of the 1900’s.

Importantly, the evolution of economic geology has taken two distinct branches: one is that involving genetic studies of mineral deposits, focused on how ore deposits are formed; the other based upon field-based exploration characteristics of mineral occurrences, emphasizing application of practical observations to generate ore targets. Because the need for mineral resources will continue to increase dramatically as societies attempt to comply with “green initiatives”, economic geologists will undertake even greater responsibilities to help provide the metals and minerals required.


Vallecito Room, Student Union Building, Fort Lewis College

5:30 to 6:30: Happy hour and food service

6:30 to 8:00: Society Business and talk from the Invited Speaker


Please use this link to reserve places at the meeting. You can choose to pay now or pay at the door.


April 15
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm