Arsenic Technical Course and Field Trip, June 15-16

USGS field trip
USGS field trip

The Sierra Fund’s partners at USGS are hosting a short technical course on arsenic in Nevada City on June 15-16, 2014.  This course is being conducted in conjunction with the prestigious Goldschmidt 2014 conference.

Details and contact information are provided below, in this PDF about the workshop, this PDF about the tour, or on the Goldschmidt2014 website.

Environmental Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Microbiology of Arsenic 

Sunday 15th June 09:00 – Monday 16th June 17:00

Price:  $578 (professional non-members) / $476 (professional members) / $208 (students)

This 2-day short course, sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geochemical Society, will provide a comprehensive understanding of arsenic geochemistry in the near-surface environment.  Topics to be covered include the mineralogy, thermodynamics, geochemistry, analysis, microbiology, and bioavailability of arsenic, with emphasis on implications for arsenic toxicity, geochemistry in natural groundwaters, and mine-associated impacts and possible mitigation options. Members of MSA, GS, GSJ, EAG, EMU, and DMG, and students may register at a discounted rate. This workshop will be held in Nevada City, California.  Registration fee includes transportation from Sacramento to Nevada City and return.  Participants who are also registered for the Field Trip to Empire Mine State Historic Park on Saturday 14th June (separate registration) will receive transportation to their hotel in either Grass Valley or Nevada City on 14th June. Lodging is not included, but rooms have been reserved in the Grass Valley / Nevada City area at a group rate.

The short course and field trip are being run in conjunction with Goldschmidt2014, a conference being held in Sacramento during June 8-13, 2014. There will be oral sessions on arsenic geochemistry and bioavailability on Friday, June 13, and related posters on Thursday, June 12. A one-day registration to the conference allows one to attend both events. There are also technical sessions on mercury on Monday, June 9, and on other inorganic contaminants associated with mining (e.g. uranium and rare earth elements) on Thurs. June 12.

To register for the arsenic short course, field trip, and/or technical sessions, see To register for events without attending the conference, please contact for assistance.

The registration deadline for the arsenic short course is May 8, 2014. Registration for the Empire Mine field trip will be open until April 20, 2014.