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3D GIS as a support for mineral discovery

E. A. de Kemp, T. Monecke, M. Sheshpari, E. Girard, K. Lauziere, E. C. Grunsky, E. M. Schetselaar, J. E. Goutier, G. Perron and G. Bellefleur
3D GIS as a support for mineral discovery
Geochemistry - Exploration, Environment, Analysis (May 2011) 11 (2): 117-128


Exploration for deep-seated mineral deposits in mature mining camps requires integration of large and heterogeneous spatial data-sets. Traditionally, geological, geochemical, and geophysical observations are acquired, processed and analysed independently within separate spatial contexts or more commonly, for geochemical data, in non-spatial feature space. Although methodological developments are still in progress, 3D GIS (geographic information system) technologies already provide powerful tools that can be used to integrate such heterogeneous data-sets to visualize, compare, and characterize geological relationships in a more supportive interpretive environment. Importantly, this technology provides better opportunities to embed all these properties in a more robust geometric framework in which structural history and palaeogeographic setting can be taken into account. We present 3D GIS applications that aid in interpreting relationship patterns amongst faults, folds and geochemical trends. Examples from the Noranda mining region, a classic VMS mining camp, demonstrate the applicability of 3D GIS to support the discovery of new mineral resources at depth.

ISSN: 1467-7873
EISSN: 2041-4943
Serial Title: Geochemistry - Exploration, Environment, Analysis
Serial Volume: 11
Serial Issue: 2
Title: 3D GIS as a support for mineral discovery
Affiliation: Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Pages: 117-128
Published: 201105
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society Publishing House, London, United Kingdom
References: 29
Accession Number: 2011-052147
Categories: Economic geology, geology of ore depositsGeneral geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch maps
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Secondary Affiliation: Colorado School of Mines, USA, United StatesBureau de l'Exploration Geologique du Quebec, CAN, CanadaMira Geoscience, CAN, Canada
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201129
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