Forming a Cobalt-bearing Deposit

Kayla will investigate the rock-forming processes that yield development of metal deposits enriched in cobalt, copper, nickel among other metals. Several functions of our modern society require the abundance of such metals and this study will contribute to the industry of base metal exploration. The main hypothesis in this project is that the deposition of cobalt-bearing minerals is facilitated by geothermal fluid circulation and controlled by the physicochemical conditions established by other metal (Cu, Ni, Fe)-bearing minerals. The intern student will be trained in experimental petrology, physical chemistry of geothermal fluids, and in handling solid, liquid, and gaseous samples. Research will be conducted in-person.