Exploration Geology: Keys to success

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Exploring under cover – New South Wales, Australia
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success James Siddorn , Principal Consultant (Structural Geology) World-class deposits are becoming increasingly hard to discover, even with exploration expenditures having reached all-time highs in 2012. Industry performance has declined, fewer discoveries are turning into mines...
Exploring for chromite in the Hidu Kush mountains, Asia
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Hennie Theart , Corporate Consultant and Partner Geochemical exploration has seen major advances, mainly driven by technological breakthroughs as laboratory and field equipment have improved -- but has our ability to interpret the results kept...
SRK.IS WebApp
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Jason Beltran , GIS data management (SRK Australia) Traditional paper maps are static and limited to the size of the paper on which they are printed. There is also the difficulty in viewing the detail...
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Antoine Cate , Structural Geology Consultant Machine learning is a trending buzzword in all industries, including mineral exploration. Complex models have been successfully implemented by large multinationals and small start-ups to sell targeted advertising, implement...
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success David Holwell , Associate Exploration Geologist In an attempt to reduce the inherent risk in mineral exploration, SRK, with their clients, continues to use innovative and new technology, approaches and concepts that assess the increasing...
Working with the local exploration team at Ulaan Uul, Mongolia
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Bert De Waele , Structural Mapping Navigating and meeting the listing requirements for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) can prove a daunting task. This is particularly true for explorers considering a listing on stock-exchanges such...
	Example of natural-colour, kaolinite and kaolinite intensity imagery
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Chris Barrett , Principal Exploration Geologist Spectral remote sensing involves the collection, processing, and interpretation of electromagnetic energy that is reflected or emitted from features on the Earth’s surface. The fundamental premise is that different...
Example of typical deformed quartz veins systems spatially associated with “old gold” mineralisation in West Africa
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Wayne Barnett , Principal Consultan Exploration in highly deformed orogenic environments is challenging because of the potential for extensive deformation of the mineralised target zone. One of the key factors impacting the continuity of economic...
View looking southeast from Keno Hill, towards Bunker Hill and the Macmillan Pass Prospect at the Keno-Lightning project
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Simon Craggs , Senior Structural Geology Consultant In November 2016, Metallic Minerals Corp. commissioned SRK to conduct a desktop and field structural geology analysis of the Keno-Lightning project. This work aimed to define targets for...
Large peridot and ultramafic inclusions in basalt ore
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Pengfei Xiao , Geologist/Geophysicis Exploring for coloured gemstones is different from exploring for other metals or coal; the key to successful exploration is collaboration between gemologist and geologist. In 2017, SRK was commissioned by Yanbian...
Conglomerate rock within the Hardey Formation
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Stuart Munroe , Structural Geologist Mike Cunningham , Geologist Conglomerate-hosted gold and alluvial gold draining conglomerate sequences have been discovered by multiple explorers over an extensive area of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Most...
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Mike Cunningham , Geologist Graphite is a form of pure carbon that normally occurs as black crystal flakes and masses. Its unique physical and chemical properties make it well-suited to many industrial applications, including electronics,...
Late northeast-trending quartz-tourmaline-pyrite veins at Valentine represent a later phase overprint on the dominant thrust parallel, northeast-trending fault-fill veins
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Blair Hrabi , Principal Consultant, Structural Geologist SRK applies rigorous geological and structural interpretations to provide insight for exploration targeting, constraints on resource modelling, and support for geotechnical evaluations. Interpreting the structural setting during mineralisation...
Looking out the 450 level portal across Kirkespirdalen Valley (left) Bidding farewell to Nalunaq at the end of the season (right)
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Jon Russill , Principal Exploration Geologist William Kellaway , Geologist Greenland has numerous gold showings, but only one has ever been mined. The Nalunaq Gold Mine in South Greenland opened in 2004 following the discovery...
Portable XRF in the field
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Jessica Charles , Consultant Geochemist Oliver Bayley , Exploration Geologist Exploration, particularly field access, is challenging in many remote environments due to lack of infrastructure. A major challenge for exploration is decision making in the...
Advanced exploration field camp in the Nubian desert of northern Sudan (left) Core drilling of detrital iron ore formations in southern Gabon (right)
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Steven Bateman , Senior Exploration Geologist Joe Fifield , Principal Safety & Security Manager Running an effective and efficient exploration programme, be it in a well established jurisdiction or a remote location, not only requires...
Mineral sands reveal excellent recoveries of loose sands below permafrost, 2017
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Oliver Bayley , Senior Exploration Geologist SRK realised the full potential of sonic drilling in 2010 when they recommended the technique for an alluvial platinum project that was struggling to reconcile drilling results and mine...
Digital models updated in the field to inform drill hole planning
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to succes Harri Rees , Exploration Geologist Dan Marsh , Exploration Geologist With clients’ exploration budgets being squeezed, long gone are the days of planning collar locations and orientations for a whole drilling programme at the outset...
Casing installation in an exploration borehole for aquifer pumping tests
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Sujit Roy, Senior Engineering Geologist The Ministry of Mines is seeking to grow the mineral sector in India through a new mineral exploration policy. This policy has encouraged the mineral exploration sector in India. However,...
Examples of natural joints logged as mechanical breaks
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Andrea Russo , Geological, structural and geotechnical mapping In the first stages of a mining project, it is a cost saving advantage to collect the geotechnical basic parameters required for the geotechnical rock mass assessment...
FIGURE 1 (left): Maud Creek Deposit’s primary modelled lithologies (cover units not shown) FIGURE 2 (right): Preliminary modelled gold grade shells and fault architecture (blue), illustrating southeast plunge of gold mineralisation along intersecting faul
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success Ben Jupp , Geology and 3D geological modelling Under the JORC Code, reporting a Mineral Resource requires sufficient confidence in the continuity of mineralisation to enable correlation between the sample points that form the basis...
FIGURE 1: Schematic example of exploration success estimates through progressive relative valuation
Download A4 | Letter SRK News | Issue 57 : Exploration Geology: Keys to success James Gilbertson , Principal Exploration Geologist Mathew Davies , Senior Geologist Exploration valuation is considered somewhat of a dark art. Unlike income or market based valuations, probabilistic based approaches (such as SRK’s Exploration Risk, Kilburn,...
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