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Geological Methods in Mineral Exploration and Mining

This practical step-by-step guide describes the key geological field techniques needed by today's exploration geologists involved in the search for metallic mineral deposits. The techniques described are fundamental to the collection, storage and presentation of geological data and their use to locate ore. This book explains the various tasks which an exploration geologist is asked to perform in the sequence in which they might be employed in an actual exploration project. Hints and tips are given and the steps are illustrated with numerous examples drawn from real programmes on which the author has worked.Traditional skills are emphasised to show how they can be combined effectively with modern high-technology approaches. For instance this second edition also reviews new techniques geophysics along with GPS applications in exploration and the application of state-of-the-art software to mapping, 3D modelling and resource estimation. Another important facet is the discussion of harm minimisation, especially during the exploration stage, beginning with landowner and community consultation, through exploration planning, leading to sustainable and environmentally responsible mining practices.
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Table of Contents

1. Prospecting and the exploration process 2. Geological mapping in exploration 3. Mine mapping 4. Trenching and underground development 5. Drilling - a general discussion 6. Rotary percussion and auger drilling 7. Diamond drilling 8. Satellite imagery 9. Geophysical and geochemical methods 10. Geographical information systems and exploration data bases 4. Trenching and underground development


From the reviews of the second edition: "Marjoribanks wrote this slim but thoroughly informative volume ... as a 'practical field manual for geologists engaged in mineral exploration.' ... The 10-chapter book begins with a general discussion of exploration and geological mapping in mineral exploration. ... This new edition includes three more chapters than the 1997 edition, an expanded appendix section, and ample references. Summing Up: Recommended. Libraries serving upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in applied earth science." (W. C. Peters, Choice, Vol. 48 (5), January, 2011)

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