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Roadmap to Mineral Exploration Guide 101

Comprehensive guide for geologists and mineral exploration companies

Roadmap to Mineral Exploration Guide

Mineral exploration has grown significantly in recent years, acting as a pillar for both mining and economic activities. We, at Grid, have meticulously curated a guide on mineral exploration - Roadmap to Mineral Exploration. It is a guide that takes an interdisciplinary approach in explaining the fundamentals of mineral exploration. Download the free e-guide today and get the Mineral Exploration Guide!

Categories of exploration activities

What are the professional codes that need to be followed for exploration activities?

Two globally accepted standards of mineral exploration are the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves called the JORC (Joint Ore Reserves Committee) Code and the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) which is an international scheme for the classification, management and reporting of energy, mineral, and raw material resources. Any of these standards can be followed depending on the listing and jurisdiction that the miner wants to go into.

How are the activities categorised?

There are three categories that reflect the different types of exploration activities and where these activities may occur such as within or near Sensitive Areas. Category 1 activities are low impact exploration activities, such as field and desktop geological mapping and airborne geophysical surveys, which can be undertaken without the need for further approval from the Division of Resources & Geoscience. Category 2 activities have potential for moderate disturbance to the land surface, native vegetation and environment. If this potential exists, companies are required to submit a Surface Disturbance Notice (SDN). Proposals are considered by the Division of Resources & Geoscience (Environmental Sustainability Unit) to determine whether a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) needs to be prepared by the company. Types of Category 2 activities are seismic surveys, non-intensive drilling, access tracks, temporary camp construction, small excavations, and bulk sampling. Category 3 activities include shaft sinking or tunnelling, drilling holes larger than 400 millimetres in diameter, intensive drilling , access tracks involving construction, excavations and bulk sampling larger than 60 cubic metres.

What is the environmental impact of these activities?

Category 1 and Category 2 activities have no harmful impact on the environment. Category 3 activities have the potential to cause significant environmental impact involving considerable land surface disturbance or native vegetation clearing.

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