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Geology, Geologists, and Mineral Exploration

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Ernest L. Ohle
Ernest L. Ohle
5293 Blue Spruce Circle, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117
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Robert L. Bates
Robert L. Bates
Department of Geology and Mineralogy, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210
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Published:
January 01, 1981

Abstract

Most exploration begins with a geologic concept or model which is tested by some method of sampling. Commonly geophysics and/or geochemistry is used to narrow the target. Orebodies are becoming increasingly difficult to find; those currently sought are likely to be concealed, and more and more permissive targets are being drilled.

In the past 25 years, knowledge of the genesis of rocks and ore has made great strides and is documented in a vast literature. The sharing of information through field conferences, review articles, and other vehicles has become commonplace. Among the significant new aspects of mineral exploration are the vigorous entry of the oil and gas companies and increasing participation by women.

There is little difference in the exploration for nonmetallic and metallic ores; however, the former is influenced more by specifications and market location. In actual practice, exploration geologists are quick to make use of any new technique or fact, whether empirical or otherwise, in their efforts to satisfy the burgeoning demand for mineral raw materials.

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Economic Geology Publishing Company

Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Volume

Brian J. Skinner
Brian J. Skinner
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Society of Economic Geologists
ISBN electronic:
9781934969533
Publication date:
January 01, 1981

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