Huaze (Derek) Xu, M.Sc. Student, University of British Columbia


Huaze (Derek) is an M.Sc. candidate with the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) at the University of British Columbia. He graduated in 2022 with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia, where his B.Sc. thesis studied the metamorphic histories of the Bridge River Complex. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he immediately pursued his master’s project with MDRU. Prior to starting his master’s project, he worked for a short time at NorthWest Copper’s Lorraine project in BC’s North Central Region. His few months of experience in the mineral exploration industry has left him eager to gain more knowledge to contribute to future mineral exploration.

Project: Vectoring and Alteration Footprints from Mineralogy and Geochemistry at the Lorraine Cu-Au Deposit, British Columbia, Canada

The Lorraine alkalic copper-gold porphyry deposit is located in the Triassic-Jurassic Quesnel arc of north-central BC. The deposit is hosted in the Early Jurassic multiphase intrusive Duckling Creek Syenite Complex, which is composed of syenite, pyroxenite, monzonite, and diorite. This study is applying micro-x-ray fluorescence (Micro XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and electron microprobe (EM) to investigate mineralogy and petrogenesis at Loraine. It aims to identify alteration assemblages and footprints through geochemical data analysis. The findings of this study will provide vectors for Lorraine mineral exploration and contribute to the knowledge base for future mineral exploration at alkalic porphyry deposits along B.C. Cordillera.