Introduction to Mineral Exploration

ISBN-10: 1405113170
ISBN-13: 9781405113175
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: Reviewing all aspects of mineral exploration, including target evaluation & feasibility studiesm, this text includes six detailed case studies, including a new case study on the exploration for diamonds, & a new chapter on the handling of mineral  More...

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Book details

List price: $106.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

Reviewing all aspects of mineral exploration, including target evaluation & feasibility studiesm, this text includes six detailed case studies, including a new case study on the exploration for diamonds, & a new chapter on the handling of mineral exploration data.

Contributors
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Units, Abbreviations, and Terminology
Principles
Ore, Mineral Economics, and Mineral Exploration
Introduction
Mineral economics
Important factors in the economic recovery of minerals
Structure of the mining industry
Some factors governing the choice of exploration areas
Rationale of mineral exploration
Further reading
The Mineralogy of Economic Deposits
Introduction
Mineralogical investigations
Further reading
Mineral Deposit Geology and Models
Nature and morphology of orebodies
Wall rock alteration
Geological models of mineral deposits
Further reading
Summary of Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Appendix: mineral deposit model classification of Cox and Singer (1986)
Reconnaissance Exploration
Exploration planning
Desk studies and reconnaissance
Sustainable development
Summary
Further reading
From Prospect to Prefeasibility
Finding a drilling target
When to drill and when to stop
Recycling prospects
The Bre-X Minerals saga
Summary
Further reading
Remote Sensing
Introduction
The Landsat System
Other imaging systems
Photogeology
Summary
Further reading
Geophysical Methods
Introduction
Airborne surveys
Magnetic surveys
Gravity method
Radiometrics
Resistivity
Spontaneous polarization (SP)
Induced polarization (IP)
Continuous-wave electromagnetics
Transient electromagnetics (TEM)
Remote source methods (VLF and magnetotellurics)
Seismic methods
Ground radar
Borehole geophysics
Geophysics in exploration programs
Integration of geological and geophysical data
The role of the geologist in geophysical exploration
Dealing with contractors
Further reading
Exploration Geochemistry
Planning
Analysis
Interpretation
Reconnaissance techniques
Follow-up sampling
Summary
Further reading
Mineral Exploration Data
Data capture and storage
Data integration and geographical information systems
Integration with resource calculation and mine planning software
Further reading
Evaluation Techniques
Sampling
Pitting and trenching
Drilling
Mineral resource and ore reserve estimation, grade calculations
Geotechnical data
Summary
Further reading
Appendix: use of Gy's sampling formula
Project Evaluation
Introduction
Value of mineralisation
Cash flow
Study definitions
Mineral project valuation and selection criteria
Risk
Inflation
Mineral project finance
Summary
Further reading
Case Studies
Cliffe Hill Quarry, Leicestershire - Development of Aggregate Reserves
Introduction
Phase 1 - order-of-magnitude study
Phase 2 - pre-feasibility study
Phase 3 - feasibility study
Phase 4 - detailed engineering
Quarrying and environmental impact
Summary
Soma Lignite Basin, Turkey
Introduction
Exploration programs
Geology
Data assessment
Geotechnical investigation
Lignite quality
Lignite reserve estimates
Surface mine evaluation
Summary
Further reading
Witwatersrand Conglomerate Gold - West Rand
Introduction
Geology
Economic background
Exploration models
Exploration methods
Reserve estimation
Exploration and development of the southern part of the West Rand Goldfield
Conclusions
A Volcanic-associated Massive Sulfide Deposit - Kidd Creek, Ontario
Introduction
Volcanic-associated massive sulfide deposits
The Kidd Creek Mine
Conclusions
Disseminated Precious Metals - Trinity Mine, Nevada
Background
Trinity Mine, Nevada
Exploration
The geology of Pershing County and the Trinity District
Development and mining
Mineral processing
Environmental considerations
Grade estimation
Ore reserve estimation
Summary and conclusions
Diamond Exploration - Ekati and Diavik Mines, Canada
World diamond deposits and exploration
Canadian discoveries: Ekati and Diavik
Summary
Internet Links
References
Index

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