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Narrow-width (vein) mining and the geologist

Adrian Pratt
Narrow-width (vein) mining and the geologist
SEG Discovery (January 2021) 124: 25-36


Mining narrow deposits presents a discrete set of additional challenges to those common to most mining. Some challenges arise from the deposit's width, its geometry-dip and planar continuity-and its interaction with the surrounding rock mass. The geology of the surrounding rock mass and associated physical properties of its geologic units and structures influence the application of mining method and mine design for both surface (open-pit) and underground mining. Successful mine development is the product of teamwork and depends on the collaboration, coordination, collective experience, and confidence of the team. Above all, it relies on relationships shared by the team members along the value chain. These relationships are extremely important, since miscommunication, misunderstandings, missing data, etc., can result either in lost opportunities to develop a better mine, or will load the project with unnecessary risk. This article is focused on underground mining of narrow-width deposits (veins) and the role of economic geologists in the definition and development of these deposits. The crucial importance of recognizing potential for value creation early in the life of a narrow-width mine project is highlighted, when an economic geologist is often a project's key proponent. This role as the key proponent may change as a project progresses toward development, but early geologic contributions provide the foundation for narrow-width mine development.

ISSN: 2694-0655
EISSN: 2694-0663
Serial Title: SEG Discovery
Serial Volume: 124
Title: Narrow-width (vein) mining and the geologist
Author(s): Pratt, Adrian
Affiliation: P.O. Box 43, Hampton, Victoria, Australia
Pages: 25-36
Published: 202101
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Economic Geologists, Littleton, CO, United States
References: 32
Accession Number: 2022-003177
Categories: Economic geology, general, deposits
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Geology and mining series
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 2 tables
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2022, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 2022
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