MINERAL EXPLORATION

Mineral exploration consultants

A well-defined exploration strategy should dictate all exploration programmes. Developing an exploration strategy with defined results-driven phases can make the difference between a successful or a failed project.

What We Do For You

Provincial-Scale Exploration

  • Lithospheric mapping
  • Metallogenic province data
  • Genetic model application
  • Regional geochemical data

Regional-Scale Exploration

  • Detailed remote sensing
  • Regional geological mapping
  • Stream & grid geochemical surveys
  • Regional geophysical surveys

Prospecting-and Mining-Scale- Exploration

  • Detailed geological mapping
  • Detailed geochemical surveys
  • Ground and drill hole geophysical surveys
  • Pitting, trenching & drilling
  • Scoping studies: mineralogy, ore-gangue mineral association, deleterious element investigation.

Deposit Delineation and Evaluation:

  • Infill pitting, trenching & drilling
  • Metallurgical testing & pilot plant studies
  • Mineral Resource

Remote Sensing and Geophysical Surveys

The increased capacity in computer processing has enabled mineral exploration consultants to acquire and process more data. This allows for in-depth early-stage exploration interpretations. These advanced technologies offer non-invasive and cost-effective means of gathering valuable geological data over large areas and in challenging terrains. Remote sensing, using tools like satellite imagery and aerial surveys, allows for the identification of surface alterations, vegetation patterns, and spectral signatures indicative of potential mineralisation. Geophysical surveys, on the other hand, use methods such as electromagnetic, gravity, and magnetic techniques to detect subsurface anomalies that may correspond to mineral deposits. Combining the data obtained from remote sensing and geophysical surveys with field observations allows mineral exploration consultants to refine exploration targeting, focusing their efforts on high-potential areas for further investigation. This integration of technologies optimises exploration efforts, reduces exploration costs, and mitigates environmental impacts, making mineral exploration more efficient, sustainable, and responsible in meeting the growing demand for valuable resources.

Geological Field Mapping

One of the many tasks we perform as mineral exploration consultants is Geological mapping. Geological mapping is of paramount importance as it provides fundamental insights into the Earth’s surface and subsurface features.

By physically observing and recording rock formations, structures, and mineral occurrences in their natural settings, field mapping enables geologists to create accurate and detailed maps of the terrain.

These maps serve as essential tools for understanding geological processes, identifying potential mineral resources, and assessing geological hazards such as landslides or pit wall failures. Additionally, field geological mapping enhances the interpretation and validation of remote sensing and geophysical data, thereby improving the overall accuracy of geological models. Field geological mapping is the foundation of geological knowledge, providing the most valuable information for any exploration programme.

Drilling

Drilling is a critical and irreplaceable step in mineral exploration, as it provides direct access to the subsurface, enabling geologists to obtain invaluable information about the geology and potential mineral deposits. Core drilling, reverse circulation drilling, and other drilling techniques extract rock samples that offer a comprehensive understanding of the mineralisation, rock structure, and alteration zones. These samples assist in identifying and quantifying minerals accurately, helping mineral exploration consultants assess the economic viability of a potential deposit. Additionally, drilling provides valuable data on the depth, size, and continuity of the mineralisation, which is essential for resource quantification, grade estimation and eventually mine planning. Drilling provides real evidence of the mineralisation’s presence, quantity, and quality, thereby attracting potential investors and stakeholders. Ultimately, drilling acts as a critical link between surface observations and subsurface reality, making it an indispensable tool in unlocking what lies within.

Different drilling methods are employed based on the specific requirements of the project:

– Diamond core drilling (DD)
– Percussion reverse circulation drilling (RC)
– Percussion rotary air blast drilling (RAB)
– Vibration drilling (Sonic)
– Auger drilling

Geochemical & Metallurgical Studies

Geochemical studies ,performed by our mineral exploration consultants, involve analysing rock samples and soils to identify and quantify elements and minerals present, providing critical information about the potential for economic mineralisation. These studies help geologists understand the geochemical processes that have influenced the formation of mineral deposits, aiding in exploration targeting and deposit modelling. Metallurgical studies focus on understanding the physical and chemical properties of mineralised material and ore, crucial for designing efficient extraction and processing methods. By evaluating the behaviour of minerals during beneficiation and refining processes, metallurgical studies optimise the resource utilisation and maximises NPV.  Together, geochemical and metallurgical studies play a vital role in evaluating the feasibility of mineral deposits, guiding mining operations and ensuring the sustainable and responsible utilisation of mineral resources.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe” – Abraham Lincoln

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