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This paper presents a rationale for (a) the integrated use of geologic information in the development of exploration strategies, (b) an increased awareness of the impact of human factors on the geologists' use of geologic information in exploration, and (c) the effective use of available geologic information through the development of more predictive and reliable models for exploration. This is accomplished, first, by illustrating how geologic information is used in the development of exploration strategies, and how other strategic factors influence the selection and use of geologic information in' exploration. Second, human factors are identified and discussed that most significantly influence how geologists use geologic information. Finally, an approach for the organization and use (i.e., modeling) of geologic information in mineral exploration is presented. This modeling approach is referred to as a data-process-criteria model, and it is illustrated with examples for the hot-spring-type epithermal precious- metal deposit.

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