I fondly remember a graduate class in the early 1980s on Archean geology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, run by Herb Helmsteadt, Dugald Carmichael, Ed Ferrar, and John Haynes, with most other members of staff chipping in with talks and discussions. It was a very holistic, integrated way of teaching students about greenstone belts and shear zone-hosted gold deposits, komatiites, stromatolites, and so forth. This cross-disciplinary teaching was a “trademark” of the earth sciences at Queen’s, then way ahead of its time. The class had interesting and enthusiastic students, many eager to map and analyze Archean rocks of the...

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