Raymond Martin Coveney, Jr.

Professor Emeritus

Office: Flarsheim Hall 510B
Ph: (816) 235-2980
Email: coveneyr@umkc.edu


Professor Raymond M. Coveney, Jr., was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts. After college at Tufts University and a two-year stint as a naval officer in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, he went to the University of Michigan for graduate studies under the guidance of professors F.S. Turneaure and Wm. C. Kelly. Coveney scouted out several dozen mines and prospects in New Mexico and Arizona for the New Jersey Zinc Company during 1968. Subsequently he shifted his field area to the California gold country focusing on the Dickey Exploration Company’s Oriental mine in Alleghany, California. In 1971, Coveney joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City as an assistant professor of geology. After 42 years as an educator, researcher, department chair, and dean, Coveney retired from UMKC as a full professor in 2013. Currently he edits and conducts peer reviews for various geologic journals and organizations. Professor Coveney periodically offers courses on mineral resources. His work focuses on mineral deposits associated with black shales, on fluid inclusions in ores and country rocks, and on the mineral resources of China. Currently he is the editor-in-chief for the Mineral Deposits section of Minerals, an MDPI open-access peer-reviewed journal.

Coveney’s work has entailed travel to twenty-six countries on six continents. Highlights include unravelling the origins of unique platinum-rich molybdenum deposits in Guizhou, Hunan and Yunnan, China, and reaching the deepest levels of the Mponeng gold mine near Johannesburg ─ the most extreme depth (~13,000 ft.) reached by human beings to date. He is credited with the discoveries of dawsonite, NaAlCO3(OH)2, in the fluid inclusions of the Oriental mine and MoSC, an intimate nano-intergrowth of MoS2 and graphite found in China. Coveney’s research has involved nine separate field excursions to China since 1988 with support from the National Science Foundation and the Chinese Academy of Science. Professor Coveney is an elected fellow of the Geological Society of America and of the Society of Economic Geologists, which he has served as councilor and as chair of the publications committee. He is an avid birder, photographer, and fan of nearly all forms of music.


Career Publication Highlights:

Anais Pagès, Steve Barnes, Susanne Schmid, Raymond M. Coveney, Lorenz Schwark, Weihua Liu, Kliti Grice, Haifeng Fan, Henjie Wen (in press) Geochemical investigation of the Lower Cambrian mineralised black shales of South China and the Late Devonian Nick Deposit of Canada. Ore Geology Reviews ORGEO_2017_677_R1

Sean C. Johnson, Ross R. Large, Raymond M. Coveney, Karen D. Kelley, John F. Slack, Jeffrey A. Steadman, Dan D. Gregory, Patrick J. Sack, and Sebastien Meffre: Secular distribution of highly metalliferous black shales corresponds with peaks in past atmosphere oxygenation. Mineralium Deposita 52 (06) 2017 791-798 DOI 10.1007/s00126-017-0735-7

Joshua D. Field, Martin S. Appold, Raymond M. Coveney, and Robert J. Bodnar: Geochemical characteristics of Mississippi Valley-type mineralization in the U.S. Midcontinent: Implications for deposit growth. Mineralium Deposita (in review)

Joshua D. Field, Martin S. Appold, Virginie Renson, and Raymond M. Coveney: Lead and sulfur isotope composition of trace occurrences of Mississippi Valley-type mineralization in the U.S. Midcontinent. J Geochemical Exploration 184, pt A 66-81 2018 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gexplo.2017.10.011

Raymond M. Coveney, Virginia M. Ragan, and Joyce C. Brannon: Temporal benchmarks for modeling Phanerozoic flow of basinal brines and hydrocarbons in the southern Midcontinent based on radiometrically dated calcite. Geology 01/2000; 28(9).

Raymond M. Coveney: Gold quartz veins and auriferous granite at the Oriental Mine, Alleghany District, California. Economic Geology 12/1981; 76(8):2176-2199. DOI:10.2113/gsecongeo.76.8.2176 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00126-017-0735-7

Darlene A. Lott, Raymond M. Coveney, J.B. Murowchick, and R.I. Grauch: Sedimentary exhalative Nickel-Molybdenum ores in south China. Economic Geology 11/1999; 94:1051-1066. DOI:10.2113/gsecongeo.94.7.1051

Raymond M. Coveney and Michael D. Glascock: A review of the origins of metal-rich Pennsylvanian black shales, central U.S.A., with an inferred role for basinal brines. Applied Geochemistry, 4: 347-367. Applied Geochemistry 07/1989; 4 (4-4):347-367. DOI:10.1016/0883-2927(89)90012-7

Raymond M. Coveney and William C. Kelly: Dawsonite as a daughter mineral in hydrothermal fluid inclusions. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 12/1971; 32(4). DOI:10.1007/BF00373350