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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!

Pitting and trenching in mineral exploration

What are pitting and trenching in exploration?

Pits and trenches, or to use the old Cornish mining term, costeans, can be a quick, cheap way of obtaining lithological and structural information in areas of shallow cover. Pitting is usually employed to test shallow, extensive, flat-lying bodies of mineralization. An ideal example of this would be a buried heavy-mineral placer. Trenches are usually employed to expose steep-dipping bedrock buried below shallow overbur-den, and are normally dug across the strike of the rocks or mineral zone being tested. Pitting and trenching are used to see a more complete picture of the rock.

What is carbon capture?

Carbon capture involves trapping the carbon dioxide at its emission source, transporting it to a storage location (usually deep underground) and isolating it.

Safety and logistics in trenching

Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a regulatory and compliance body based out of the United States of America, defines an excavation as any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the earth’s surface formed by earth removal. Cave-ins pose the greatest risk and are much more likely than other excavation-related accidents to result in worker fatalities. Other potential hazards include falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and incidents involving mobile equipment. Trench collapses cause dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries each year. The supervisor must ensure daily, or more often as required, that site conditions are safe for employees to work in excavations. The supervisor or a member of the work group must be a “competent person” as defined by OSHA. No employee should enter an excavation, meeting the scope of this policy, until authorized by the competent person.


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