Laurentian loses world leader in economic geology.

 
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Laurentian University's Harquail School of Earth Sciences has lost one of its esteemed research chairs.

Dr. Jeremy Richards, who was an economic geology professor and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Metallogeny at the Harquail School and the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), died on June 7 at the age of 59.

Economic geology involves the practical application of research to aid in exploration, mineral resource appraisal, mining, and mineral extraction.

Sudbury-based Richards was considered a world leader in regional tectonics and metallogeny of hydrothermal ore deposits --the latter being a branch of geology that examines the genetic relationship between the geological history of an area and its mineral deposits.

In a tribute on its website, the Harquail School said Richards "led a large and productive research program, including many graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and visiting scholars who conducted research throughout the world."

Richards obtained millions of dollars in funding for his research from federal and industry...

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