Tertiary Volcanic-Hosted Epithermal Precious Metal Deposits

of the Walker Lane Trend, SW Nevada

Code: SFT-2023
Date: September 23-30, 2023
Location: United States

Application Deadline: TBD
Selected Participant Notification: TBD
Participant Capacity: 15-20


SFT 2023 will be the 21st in the continuing series of SEG Foundation (SEGF)-sponsored student field trips and marks the 17th anniversary of the program.

The trip will move from S to N through the region, starting in the North Beatty exploration camps and moving through to districts with advanced programs in historic mining districts at Goldfield and Tonopah (or Bullfrog – TBD), the Davis exploration prospect adjacent to idled Paradise Peak mine, and ending at the operations at Round Mountain mine, the first major gold mine in North America to be established on the basis of heap leaching as the principal mode of ore processing.

The SFT 2023 trip itinerary stresses the importance of building a high-confidence, well-documented and comprehensive multi-disciplinary database which evolves over time as the projects matures from early-stage exploration towards supporting a decision to finance an operating mine. On the mine, production aspects of economic geology will be stressed including metallurgy, geotechnical and hydrogeology, reclamation and reserves replacement through brownfields exploration – emphasis will focus upon the integration of all 3D databases to meet real time production planning decisions.

Leaders are William X. Chávez, Jr. (SEG-F) and Erich U. Peterson (SEG-F). Watch this space and the SEGF SFT webpage. Accepted SEG Student Members will participate in field visits (mine visits, core shack visits to look at core, and key outcrop visits) and oral presentations and discussions will include ore controls, alteration and mineralization paragenesis. Active SEG Student Members enrolled at an accredited university are eligible to apply and must submit the Student Application Form by June 20, 2022.

Acceptance is competitive and limited to 15 students for this exceptional trip. Selected students will be notified soon after the yet to be determined application submission deadline, anticipated for early June. TRAVEL OR VISA MAY BE REQUIRED FOR THIS FIELD TRIP – students must check their requirements. Selected students must confirm participation within two-days of their receiving notification of acceptance.

Trip Leaders


William Chávez, Jr.

New Mexico School of Mines

SEG Fellow since 1990


Erich Petersen

University of Utah

SEG Fellow since 1986


Application Deadline: TBD
Selected Participant Notification: TBD


Questions and general inquiries should be directed to Vicky Sternicki, SEG Student Services, at students@segweb.org.

9/23/2023 - 9/30/2023

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