Exploration Geology

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SRK provides high-quality and cost-effective support to brownfields and greenfields exploration companies.
Measuring the effectiveness of geological exploration and looking for trends that will lead to improved exploration success are key drivers for continued investment in the exploration industry. Expenditure on exploration in Australia, for example, reached a peak in 2008, which reflects a massive increase in exploration for iron ore resources...
SRK provides training in resource exploration for managanese in West Timor, Indonesia.
Mining and exploration in Indonesia present challenges that are technical, legal and social in nature. The country is currently developing regulations for its new mining law, so there is some uncertainty, albeit within a well-defined legal framework. Indonesia provides numerous opportunities for exploration, and SRK is currently involved in several...
SRK's structural analysis of Pogo gold deposit reveals continuation of vein nearby, adding greatly to potential resource at the site.
In March 2010, Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC (Sumitomo) commissioned SRK Consulting Canada to undertake a structural geology interpretation of the Pogo district in central Alaska, to assist ongoing exploration targeting. The interpretation was focused on compiling a structural geology interpretation of recently acquired geophysical data, combined with staged site...
SRK provides expert structural geology advice to exploration at Peruvian gold-copper-silver deposit.
In August 2010, Canteras Del Hallazgo S.A.C., (CDH) a joint venture between Gold Fields Ltd. and Compania de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., commissioned SRK Consulting Canada to provide expert structural geology advice into the exploration and resource delineation programs at the Canahuire Project in southern Peru. This assignment included reviewing and...
Geophysics, including induced polarisation and time-domain electromagnetic surveys, provide targetting results despite difficult ground conditions.
More and more, geophysics is becoming an important exploration tool as companies turn their efforts towards hidden and buried deposits. However, it is vital to know the limitations of both the techniques and data when designing, implementing and interpreting the results of a geophysical program. One aspect of this fact...
3D modelling of structural geology of gold deposits in Burkin Faso is increasingly responsive to new drill data.
An understanding of the structural controls on zones of mineralisation is of fundamental importance for brownfield exploration efforts. The combination of field geology observational skills with new, rapid, computerised modelling tools enhances SRK’s ability to provide rapid three-dimensional answers to clients. SRK’s Vancouver office has been fairly active in gold...
SRK engages in cost-effective grassroots gold and copper exploration and target generation in Mauritania for client.
In 2010/11 SRK Exploration Services was commissioned by Alecto Energy plc to conduct its grassroots copper/gold exploration program in Southern Mauritania. From the outset, SRK’s involvement started with visits and meetings with the Mauritanian Ministry of Mines on Alecto’s behalf. This culminated in selecting three licences in the Mauritanian Mobile...
SRK Exploration Services specialises in providing expert technical skills to exploration entrepreneurs and junior mining companies.
SRK Exploration Services Ltd (SRK ES) was established in Cardiff in 2003 as a small group of like-minded exploration geologists with a view to filling a perceived gap in the consultancy market. Initially formed as a subsidiary company of SRK Consulting UK, SRK ES achieved full SRK Consulting Practice status...
Considering geology in resource estimation ensures more accurate and logical modelling.
Continuity of geology and grade are key traits that must be demonstrable during the process of estimating a reportable Mineral Resource. Too often, however, assay grade takes precedence in interpreting the so-called geological model, while the geology – lithology, structure and alteration – are vastly underused or even ignored during...
3D targeting uses all available information to identify exploration sites and improve understanding of local geological structures.
Brownfield exploration poses many challenges to the geologist: large amounts of data are usually available but often difficult to integrate and use effectively; at the same time old ideas and exploration models often hamper new interpretations and the development of new targets. Traditional interpretation involves a time-consuming and subjective 2D...
Working with SRK Consulting enabled Nkout Iron Ore project to maximize their drilling productivity with dynamic planning.
In September 2010, Afferro Mining Inc. commissioned SRK to conduct the maiden Mineral Resource Estimation (MRE) on their 100% owned greenfield Nkout Iron Ore project in Cameroon. The project is being managed by an SRK Qualified Person for iron ore projects. Through regional geophysical surveys, Afferro had identified a 20km...
Analyzing structural geology of the Kibi-Winneba greenstone belt in Ghana allows focused further exploration.
In March 2010, Xtra-Gold Resources Corp. commissioned SRK to conduct a structural geology analysis of their Kibi Project that aimed to provide insights to the geological and structural controls on the distribution of gold mineralisation and guide further exploration. Xtra-Gold also commissioned SRK to conduct a structural interpretation of regional...
SRK established its Kolkata, India, presence in 2006. Since then, the office has expanded in response to client needs and an ever-growing client base. SRK India provides a range of services from auditing and competent-person reporting to exploration project advisory, drill program design, and sampling protocol implementation. While domestic Indian...
Intergrating structural geology into resource modelling at Rainy River reduces geological uncertainty and financial risk.
SRK structural and resource geologists work closely with clients to deliver resource estimates that incorporate sophisticated geological and structural models. Since 2007, SRK has assisted Rainy River Resources Ltd. to develop detailed resource evaluations for the Rainy River deposit based on evolving, constrained structural models. The Rainy River deposit is...
Quality data management and geological training are vital for modern mineral exploration programs.
In recent years SRK Exploration Services noticed that the fast pace of modern exploration often occurs at the expense of quality data management and geological training. The current demand for experienced geologists shows little sign of abating and the need for training has never been greater. University curricula are stretched...
SRK Exploration Specialty Minerals Greenland
In 2010, Ram Resources Ltd. commissioned SRK Exploration Services to assist with the review and acquisition of the Motzfeldt tantalum-niobium (Ta-Nb) project in South Greenland. SRK ES undertook an in-depth assessment and due diligence on the data available for this project, which was thought to be one of the world’s...
SRK uses Weights of Evidence technique to focus mineral exploration on prospective regions.
SRK has a great deal of experience in assisting companies to implement minerals exploration programs from greenfields to advanced projects. The initial stage of any exploration program is targeting. At this stage, exploration activities are focused onto specific areas with the highest potential for discovery, and on developing strategies to...
With GPS-enabled tablets and Leapfrog, SRK creates crucial geological and structural maps quickly and cost-efficiently.
Having worked for SRK on a wide variety of exploration projects, I’m sad to report that geological and structural mapping continues to be a largely undervalued exploration tool in the industry. Finding a geological map in the display booths at explorer’s conferences is a bit like the industry itself: high...
Argentina's reliance on nuclear energy led to local uranium exploration and increased remediation efforts at existing sites.
Argentina’s long experience in the nuclear industry is evident not only in continuously generating electricity, 10% on average of Argentina’s national consumption since 1974, but also for the companies associated with the government-owned National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) that supply nuclear reactors for research and radioisotope manufacture for the international...
SRK assists in exploration of Carmen iron mine for new resources in the remaining workings.
The Carmen iron mine is located in the northern Chilean Province of Chañaral and lies approximately 50km east of the coastal port city of Chañaral. Since May, 2010, Minera Santa Fe has been producing a dry magnetite iron concentrate from old stockpiles originally derived from the open pit, idle for...
Since footwall alteration zones are related to volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VMS) deposits, their unique features provide likely targets for exploration. Of these, the chloritic footwall alteration pipe is the most characteristic of VMS deposits. This feature is identified geochemically by a strong relative enrichment in aluminium and magnesium, coupled with...
SRK's Advanced Modelling Laboratory is actively exploring new 3D modelling solutions, including 3D GIS, Leapfrog, GoCad, and Geomodeller.
Historically, SRK has been at the forefront of developing advanced geological and mine modelling methods from the early Gemcom days until the development of Leapfrog Mining with ARANZ. SRK consultants saw the need for a rapid grade modelling tool to replace CAD early, and our strong relationship with software developers...
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