November, 2011

Indicator minerals are mineral species that, when recovered from surficial sediments, indicate the presence of a specific mineral deposit, hydrothermal alteration, or rock lithology. Ideal indicator minerals are found in few if any rocks other than the host deposit or lithology. Their physical and chemical characteristics allow them to be readily recovered from exploration sample media and make them sufficiently abundant to be useful (McClenaghan 2005).

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The application of indicator mineral methods to mineral exploration has a long history extending back to Roman times. In more recent times, from the 1960s to the 1980s, indicator mineral...

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