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Innovative Exploration Methods for Minerals, Oil, Gas, and Groundwater for Sustainable Development - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128239988

Innovative Exploration Methods for Minerals, Oil, Gas, and Groundwater for Sustainable Development

1st Edition

Editors: A. K. Moitra Jayanta Bhattacharya J. R. Kayal Biplab Mukerji A.K. Das
Paperback ISBN: 9780128239988
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2021
Page Count: 400
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Innovative Exploration Methods for Mineral, Oil, Gas, and Groundwater for Sustainable Development provides an integrated approach to exploration encompassing geology, geophysics, mining, and mineral processing. In addition, groundwater exploration is included, as it is central to the development of earth resources. As the demand for coal, minerals, oil and gas, and water continues to grow globally, researchers must prioritize sustainable exploration methods. Old technologies are being replaced speedily and exploration work has become fast, focused, meaningful, and readily reproducible keeping in pace with the changing global scenario. The themes of exploration of energy resources, exploration of minerals, groundwater exploration and processing and mineral engineering are separated out into sections and chapters included in these sections include case studies focusing on tools and techniques for exploration. Innovative Exploration Methods for Mineral, Oil, Gas, and Groundwater for Sustainable Development gives insight to modern concepts of exploration for those working in the various fields of energy, mineral, and groundwater exploration.

Key Features

  • Presents innovative research that will both challenge and complement the traditional concepts of exploration
  • Covers a wide range of instruments and their applications, as well as the tools and processes that need to be followed for modern exploration work
  • Includes research on groundwater exploration with a focus on conservation and sustainable exploration and development


Researchers and practicing professionals in the fields of coal, oil and gas, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, manganese, limestone, graphite, rare earth and other mineral exploration. Government and NGOs interested in sustainable exploration

Table of Contents

1.1 Minerals for future Generations
1.2 Modern Exploration Techniques in Oil & Gas to find Reserves to Production Ratio
1.3 Shale Gas as an option for Energy: use of software to address the related issues
1.4 Geophysical Mapping in Geological Survey of India
1.5 Social license for sustainable development and responsible mining


3.1 Reservoir Parameter Estimation in Norne Oil Field, Norway by using Ensemble Kalman Filter
3.2 3D Seismic Expression of a paleo channel in a hydrocarbon prospect
3.3 Wellbore Stability Modelling for Prediction of Mud Weight in oil boreholes
3.4 Engineering and Management Changes in a Pet Coke Calcining Plant for Environmental Compliance

4.1 Integrated Geophysical approach for Geothermal & Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production
4.2 Identification of Gas Bearing Sweet-spots using Modern Geophysical Measurements
4.3 Coal Bed Methane: Changing India’s Gas Market
4.4 Coalbed Methane and Coal Mine Methane: Mine Safety, Climate Change and Energy Security
4.5 Gasification of High Ash Coals in Fluidised Bed Gasifier

5.1 Exploration as a Guide to Mining Processes for Responsible Mining
5.2 Coal Quality Change during handling and stockpiling
5.3 Assessment of Whole-Body Vibration Exposure of Dumper Operators in Mines: A Case Study

6.1 Geophysical studies in Precambrian mobile belts for minerals
6.2 Modern Techniques for Identifying Mineralization in Virgin Area
6.3 Application of Gravity Field in understanding the Tectonic fabric and Potential Mineralization
6.4 Geostatistics in Mineral Industry
6.5 Uranium and REE Exploration in India – Challenges and Opportunities.

7.1 Self-potential as a geophysical method in investigating Groundwater and contaminant plume
7.2 Fresh water bearing zone identification using VES.
7.3 Integrated geophysical survey to delineate aquifer zones

8.1 Identification of fresh water by Geophysical Methods
8.2 Geogenic Sulfate-rich Wastewater: Sources, Characteristics, Effects and Treatment Technologies.
8.3 Pyritic Sulphur – its distribution, origin in Coal Seams and production of Acid Mine drainage

9.1 Human health risks from potentially toxic elements in soils in Coal Mining Area
9.2 Ecological Restoration of Waste Dump of an Integrated Steel Plant
9.3 Occupational Exposure to noise in Coal Preparation and Mineral Processing Plants
9.4 Environmental characteristics of Drilling fluids
9.5 Estimation of Cost benefit Ratio for Opencast mines incorporating Forestry Clearance

10.1 Utilization of Archival Exploratory Data in Coal Washery Design
10.2 Processing of Port Dredged Sand in Offshore Set-up for Value Addition
10.3 Advanced Process Control for Mineral Processing Operations

11.1 Digitalization in Petroleum Exploration & Production
11.2 New Computer Tools for Prospecting and Exploration of Mineral Resources
11.3 Effective attenuation of coherent and random noises in Seismic Data
11.4 Analysis of Satellite Gravity Data to define Baasement Structure


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About the Editors

A. K. Moitra

Dr. Ajoy Kumar Moitra received his graduate and Doctorate from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. He joined the Geological Survey of India and retired in the year 2004 as Director. During his stay in Geological Survey of India (1971-2004), he carried out systematic mapping and exploration. He was engaged in study of stromatolites and related microbiota. After retirement, Dr Moitra carried out detailed exploration for coal, iron ore and limestone for both green and brown fields. Apart from many papers in prestigious journals, he has written two books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly, Director, Geological Survey of India

Jayanta Bhattacharya

Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya is a Professor in the School of Environmental Science and Engineering and a Professor of Mining Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur , He is the founding Head of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Prof. Bhattacharya is a famous scientist in the area of environmental technology and product development. Prof. Bhattacharya pioneered research of laboratory and wetland schemes of wastewater treatment as a constructed plant based systems what presumably one day bioremediation systems would look like and have the capacity to perform. A continuous theme of research by his team is to develop new technologies and products for green treatment options. He is also known all over for his academic contributions in the area of environmental clearance, land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement of people. He has more than 120 papers in various national and international journals and conferences, and works as an editorial board member for 3 international journals. He has written 7 books and edited more than 10 books jointly written with his peers from around the world. He has completed guidance of 6 PhD scholars and is in the process for 10 more.

Affiliations and Expertise

Visiting Professor, Western Australia School of Mines, Kalgoorlie, Australia

J. R. Kayal

Professor J. R. Kayal did his M Sc (Applied Geophysics) from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad and PhD from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He retired as Deputy Director GeneralGSI. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the IIT, Kharagpur, IIT-ISM, Dhanbad, Tezpur University, Assam, an Emeritus Professor at the Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan, and Strasbourg University, France. Presently, he is an Adjunct Professor, ISR, Gandhinagar and the NIT, Agartala. He led several international research projects sponsored by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, and was a guest faculty to the UNESCO (France) and ICTP (Italy). He is author of more than 130 peered reviewed research papers in national and international journals and authored one book.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Professor, IIT, Kharagpur, IIT-ISM, Dhanbad, Tezpur University, Assam; Emeritus Professor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Biplab Mukerji

Dr. Biblap Mukerji received an M.Sc. in Applied Geology from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, in 1970, and a Doctorate in “Geospatial Modelling of Copper Mineralization in Singhbhum Belt, Jharkhand” in 2004 from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. He served on the Geological Survey of India for 36 years and retired as Deputy Director General, Operation, and West Bengal Sikkim & Andaman. He teaches Statistics, Geostatistics and GIS to officers and students of various organizations. Currently he is a consultant geologist and also an advisor to a mineral exploration company. He has number of scientific papers to his credit, published in National and International Journals. Life Member of Mining Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Director General, Operation, and West Bengal Sikkim and Andaman, India

A.K. Das

Dr. Sri Ajoy Kumar Das has put in more than 41 years of overall experience with around 10 years in operation and management of both UG &OC coalmines of Western Coalfield Ltd. and balance in Marketing with M/s Greaves Cotton Ltd and Mahindra & Mahindra. Dr. Das had undergone intensive training in implementation of Modern Mining machines in U.K, Germany, France, and Sweden. In addition to above, he has presented several papers on Longwall Mining, High Speed Roadway Drivage, Dust control in UG Mines and Modern Roof Bolting Techniques in National and International Forum. He is presently Hon. General Secretary of ISM Alumni Association Kolkata Chapter mainly connected with dissipation of knowledge on Earth Science and Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Hon. General Secretary, ISM Alumni Association Kolkota Chapter, India

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