FC: SEG Field Course IOCG Deposits, Chile | March 2011
2: Tuesday 10:00am I received a call from SEG stating there has been an opening on the IOCG Chile Field Course. I would have to leave two days later! Of course, how could I say no. After rushing to the store to get all the necessities (hard hat, boots, glasses, gloves and reflective vest) I was packed and ready to go! | Thursday 3:00pm After purchasing tickets, finding out my card was frozen and finally figuring all the glitches, I was off to Dallas. This was the short leg of the trip. Once I landed, I met up with two other participants, Lindsey and Andrea. They were both from the United States as well. We chatted about what we were studying and where we were from and all of the small talk in between! Off on the next part of the journey, the flight to Santiago, Chile!
3: Once we arrived in Santiago, we took a bus to Los Heros, the bus station we were told to get our tickets. We arrived to the other side of town, we learned that these buses only go south. We needed to go 16 hours north! After dragging our bags ALL over the city, asking numerous people how to get there, we made it to the station and bought a first class bus ticket to Antofagasta! We had nice big comfy recliners! We all slept most of the way and woke up in Antofagasta!
4: After arriving in Antofagasta, we tried to find our way to the hostel. Unfortunately, once again we were not where we were supposed to be. After walking around the area for awhile, a truck pulled over and started yelling at us in Spanish. All we could understand was, bad, drugs and get out. At that point we quickly went back to the bus station and took a taxi to our hostel.
5: Once we made it to the hostel, we met the next member of the group, Ludovic. He introduced us to the his roommates, Matt and Junxing. The group of us then hiked 40 minutes to swim in the Pacific Ocean! After a quick jump in the water, it was time to go back and meet the rest of the crew. We came back salty and sunburned! The group of us took a taxi to the professionals hotel for our first group meeting. The group was very globally diverse with students from China, Australia, England, Germany. France, Canada, US, Brazil, Columbia, and S. Africa.
6: Mina Julia | M a r c h 2 0
7: Facts: *La Negra Fm *Parallels Atacoma fault *Minerals found: at surface: chalcopyrite, specular hematite and pyrite at depth: increase in pyrite and magnetite and decrease in chalcopyrite and magnetite *Paragenesis- spec hem-->py-->cpy *Could be the top of Monte Cristo *Underground mine: the shaft was just a large wooden bucket with a homemade holder. | chrysocolla (Cu,Al)2H2Si2O5(OH)4nH2O | atacamite Cu2Cl(OH)3
8: Taltal | A little down time in the beach town of Taltal. Our hostel was one block from the beach. The beach had sand, stones and shells. The water was freezing! We had the whole beach to ourselves.The sunsets were beautiful and the fish dinners were wonderful!
10: The Crew | Yunxing, Jeff, Junxing, Andrea, Molly, Cat, Carolina, Ludovic. Shirley, Mauricio, John, Simon, Bill, Erich, Matt, Anne, Fabio, Lindsey, Reuben, Andres, Eduardo, JP
12: Monto Verde
13: Facts: *La Negra Fm *El Salvador interval of Atacama Fault *andesite volcanics *oxides-chryscolla, brochintite, malachite *hypogene- pyrite, chalcopyrite, bornite, specular hematite, magnetite *gange-calcite
14: 9 - 150 tons 8 - 90 tons + 5 - 190 tons 2 22 trucks | Haul Trucks
15: In the pit
18: Drill Core Galore