Mineral Exploration

1st Edition

Principles and Applications

Print ISBN: 9780124160057
eBook ISBN: 9780123914668
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 30th January 2013
Page Count: 372
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Globally, mineral exploration has grown significantly in recent years, driven by the rapid acceleration in prices for gold and diamonds since 2004 and the emergence of a middle class in both China and India—aggressively increased demand. Despite this resurgence, no single book has been published that takes an interdisciplinary approach in addressing the full scope of mineral exploration—from mining and extraction to economic evaluation, policies, sustainability, and environmental impacts. Mineral Exploration: Principles and Applications accomplishes this by presenting each topic with theoretical approaches first followed by specific applications that can be immediately implemented in the field.

Key Features

  • Presents 16 case studies that allow readers to quickly apply exploration concepts to real-life scenarios in the field
  • Includes more than 200 illustrations and full-color photographs that aid the reader in retaining key procedures and applications
  • Each chapter is structured so that its topic is discussed theoretically first followed by specific applications
  • Combines both theory and application in a multidisciplinary reference that thoroughly addresses the full scope of mineral exploration
  • Authored by an instructor with more than 30 years of experience in the field and a decade as a consultant for commercial mining companies


primary- geologists, petrologists, mineralogists, marine geologists with a focus on resource exploration
secondary- students and instructors at the graduate level in the geosciences

Table of Contents



List of Acronyms used in this book




Time scale




About the Author

Chapter 1. Mineral Exploration

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Definition

1.3 Exploration

1.4 Mineral Policy and Act

1.5 Mineral to Metal—A Full Circle

Further Reading

Chapter 2. Economic Mineral Deposits and Host Rocks

2.1 Definition

2.2 Common Economic Minerals

2.3 Classification of Mineral Deposits

2.4 Host Rocks

2.5 Industry Specifications

Further Reading

Chapter 3. Exploration Geology

3.1 Definition

3.2 Regional Planning and Organization

3.3 Surface Guide

3.4 Topographic Survey

3.5 Geological Mapping

3.6 Stratigraphic Correlation

3.7 Exploration Activity

3.8 Exploration of Coal and Coal Bed Methane

Further Reading

Chapter 4. Exploration Geochemistry

4.1 Definition

4.2 Field Procedure

4.3 Analytical Methods

4.4 Data Interpretation

4.5 Geochemical Methods

4.6 Review

Further Reading

Chapter 5. Exploration Geophysics

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Seismic Survey

5.3 Gravity Survey

5.4 Magnetic Survey

5.5 Electrical Survey

5.6 EM Survey

5.7 Radiometric Survey

5.8 Borehole Logging

5.9 Review

Further Reading

Chapter 6. Photogeology, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System in Mineral Exploration

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Photogeology

6.3 Remote Sensing

6.4 Geographic Information System

6.5 Global Positioning System

6.6 Software in RS-GIS

Further Reading

Chapter 7. Sampling Methods

7.1 Definition

7.2 Sampling Equipment

7.3 Sampling Methods<


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"The book is technically skillful and a laudable effort to create a comprehensive practical survey text written by someone who knows the territory in more than an academic way. There are also many useful diagrams."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013