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Articles highlighting the exploration methods used by geologists and mining companies. From on-the-ground rock sampling to airborne geophysics, you’ll find it here.

  • Hunting for Giants: An Introduction to ZTEM Surveys in Mineral Exploration

    Overview It may just look like an enormous, flying spider web towed behind a helicopter, but the ZTEM airborne geophysical survey system has the potential to identify giant porphyry copper deposits and features of other large ore deposits up to 2000 meters...

  • Asteroid Mining: Not as Crazy as it Sounds

    At first glance it sounds ridiculous. Why would anyone consider mining in space when even the largest Earth-based mining operations seem to have trouble managing costs? After all, mid-grade and marginal deposits seem to have trouble finding any money and t...

  • A portable bore-hole logging system

    Down-hole Geophysics in Mineral Exporation

    Overview During early exploration, particularly in ‘greenfield’ areas away from mines or known mineralisation, very little information is known about the rocks.  If an exploration company has the budget to drill a few holes and conduct an airborne or groun...

  • How Important is a Social Licence to Operate?

    Community engagement is no longer optional for junior explorers. Earning your social licence to operate is as important as any geophysical survey, geochemical sampling program or drill campaign to advance a promising exploration project toward an operating...

  • Mineral Rights in Canada: Staking your Claim

    While in most countries individuals may own land, the mineral rights for that land – including the ownership of any mineral and petroleum wealth below the surface – are generally retained by the government. (The most notable exception to this i...

Asteroid Mining: Not as Crazy as it Sounds

At first glance it sounds ridiculous. Why would anyone consider mining in space when even the largest Earth-based mining operations seem to have trouble managing costs? After all, mid-grade and marginal ...

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Down-hole Geophysics in Mineral Exporation

A portable bore-hole logging system

Overview During early exploration, particularly in ‘greenfield’ areas away from mines or known mineralisation, very little information is known about the rocks.  If an exploration company has the budget to ...

Read More »

Mineral Rights in Canada: Staking your Claim

While in most countries individuals may own land, the mineral rights for that land – including the ownership of any mineral and petroleum wealth below the surface – are generally retained by the government. ...

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Airborne Geophysical Methods

There are a number of airborne geophysical methods used within the minerals exploration industry. Some of the most commonly used ones are aeromagnetics, radiometrics and VTEM. A digital elevation model or ...

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