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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!

Mapping and Surveys

How do desktop surveys help with exploration?

Exploration generally starts with low impact activities, including desktop research and field reconnaissance, to determine whether signs of minerals or fuels are present. Desktop surveys include researching the available geological information for an area of interest. This may include researching and analysing previous company exploration reports, exploration data, and published geological information. This process allows an exploration company or prospector to make an informed decision prior to applying for a license or commencing any actual field reconnaissance.

What is a geophysical survey?

The purpose of carrying out geophysical surveys is to find out something about the rocks in the survey area. Geophysical surveys can help identify resources without the need for sampling and are usually undertaken with minimal surface disturbance. Different geophysical surveys measure various physical properties of the Earth and have different applications and equipment. Geophysical surveys can be conducted from the air (airborne geophysical surveys) or on the ground (ground based geophysical surveys).

What is a geochemical survey?

In geochemical surveys, targeting mineral resources exploration, geochemical samples as stream sediments (fine sands), soils (subsoil or saprolite) and rocks (hydrothermal or mineralized alteration rocks) are collected based on the exploration stage, and are sent for chemical analysis. Geochemical surveys are used to target areas for further exploration.


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