15th Quadrennial IAGOD Symposium


15th Quadrennial International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits Symposium will be organized by the Geological and Mining Survey of Argentina (SEGEMAR) and the Geological Association of Argentina (AGA) in the city of Salta, Argentina, 28th to 31st August 2018 and give full support for its achievement. The focal theme for this Symposium is: “Ore deposits: providing resources for present and future generations”. It is worth to highlight that this is the first time for Argentina and South America to host such important meeting. South America, particularly the Andean region includes some of the richest metallogenic provinces in the world, such as the richest Cu-Mo province, one of the most extensive and rich Sn belts, one the richest Sb belts, the most important concentrations of Li in salars and one of the richest borates provinces. Also it hosts some of the largest individual ore deposits such as Cerro Rico de Potosí, Llallagua, Chuquicamata and El Teniente mines. South America offers excellent geology hosting world class mineral deposits covering the past 2 Billion years of Earth’s Metallogenic history, encompassing almost every conceivable metallogenic process. Thus the region offers something that will tempt every economic geologist and metallogenist. The diversity of the geology, mineral resources and population invite the world to investigate and discuss the science and enjoy Argentina’s renowned hospitality. This is a unique opportunity to create an extraordinary environment for the presentation and exchange of knowledge and research results on the genesis of mineral deposits. It will also give an invaluable occasion for local scientists for training in various aspects related to metallogeny and research tools. Argentina commits to enhance the participation in the IAGOD Symposium of young geoscientists, students and delegates from less advantaged countries from around the globe. The commitments from the Geological Survey of Argentina and the Geological Association of Argentina, the supports from the Ibero-American Geological and Mining Survey organizations as well as from the private natural resources sector guarantee a successful 15th Quadrennial IAGOD Symposium. 


 - Porphyry Cu (±Au, Mo) deposits
 - IOCG deposits related to the non-accretional Andean Orogen
 - Epithermal gold deposits -Ore deposits in rift environments
 - Base metals in sedimentary sequences (MVT, SEDEX and VMS deposits)
 - Light metals (Li, B) related to evaporitic environments
 - Metallogeny of gemstone deposits
 - Metallogeny of the Andes
 - Metallogeny of cratonic areas
 - Global tectonics and large to giant ore deposit settings
 - Non conventional ore sources: Exploration and extraction
 - Geochemistry of ore forming fluids
 - Precision Geochronology of ore-forming processes: its importance in exploration and metallogenic modelling
 - Isotope geology applied to ore deposits
 - New tools for mineral exploration
 - Predictive modelling applied to mineral resources
 - Ore mineralogy and processing

Field Trips

The rich mining history of this part of America that began with the extraction of Ag from the Cerro Rico de Potosí (Bolivia) continues today with the exploitation of Cu and Au porphyries in the Andean region of Chile and Argentina, as well as Li salts in the Puna – Altiplano triangle that comprises Argentina Bolivia and Chile.

Trips will be organized in these three countries in order to visit world class deposits of metals (Ag, Sn, Cu) and nonmetals (B, Li) having the opportunity to discover the cultural aspects of this ancient region.

The field trips will typically be of 3 – 5 day’s duration, costing approximately US$ 150 to 200 per day. This will include land transport from and to Salta, meals and accommodation.




Summary: Visit the world-class mineral deposit Bajo de la Alumbrera (porphyry Cu-Au; 700 Mt), Agua Rica (porphyry Cu-Au-Mo; 900 Mt), the Capillitas polymetallic vein deposit, known for its rhodochrosite production and the epithermal Au-Ag-Mn Farallón Negro Mine). Mineralizations are hosted in a back-arc Miocene volcanic complex and comprise more than 12 Mt Cu and 750 t Au.

Cultural aspects: Capillitas mine is a unique deposit of rhodochrosite for its original and uncommon stalactite-like formations. This beautiful mineral is considered the “national stone” of Argentina. While visiting the region we will enjoy old towns like Cafayate, Santa María and Andalgalá.

Duration: 4 days

Summary: Visit the Tertiary fourth largest borate deposit in the world: Loma Blanca (12.7 Mt borates) and an active boratiferous geyser, as well as lithium brine deposits in the salt flats of Olaroz (1.5 Mt Li carbonate), Cauchari (4.9 Mt Li carbonate) and Rincón (7.4 Mt Li carbonate). This region of the Argentine Puna is one of the main global reserves of Li and B.

Cultural aspects: visit the typical Puna towns: Purmamarca, San Antonio de los Cobres and Susques.

Duration: 3 days


Summary: Visit the ordovician SEDEX type world class Ag-Zn-Pb Aguilar deposit (50 Mt) and discuss its genesis. See the newly open Pirquitas Sn-Ag-Zn deposit (40 Mt), the southern end of the Bolivian Tin belt.

Cultural aspects: visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Cultural and Natural Heritage, UNESCO).

Duration: 4 days


Synthesis: Visiting the Taca Taca porphyry (Cu-Au-Mo) (13 Mt Cu – 180 t Au) in Argentina and Chuquicamata (Cu-Mo-Au) (86 Mt Cu) and the volcanogenic El Laco Fe deposit (400 Mt) in Chile.

Cultural aspects: visits toursitic destinations such as San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), San Antonio of the los Cobres and Santa Rosa de Tastil (Argentina), Atacama salt lake (Chile) and Arizaro salt lake (Argentina).

Duration: 5 days


Summary: Visit the world-class Ag-Sn Cerro Rico deposit (500 Mt) and the Ag-Zn-Pb San Cristobal epithermal mine, Bolivia.

Cultural aspects: Travel through the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Cultural and Natural Heritage, UNESCO) and visit Potosi, with the word known Royal Mint and the Uyuni world largest salt lake.

Duration: 5 days


For the details please visit website of Symposium 

or download 1st circular (PDF)


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