An increasing number of mineral discoveries rely on remote sensing methods such as airborne geophysics and hyperspectral imaging. The relatively new technology of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), whereby surface outcrop patterns suggestive of economic mineralization can be identified, has the potential to join other remote sensing techniques employed by the exploration geologist. Successful application of LiDAR relies on rigorous, high-quality data collected under strict QA/QC standards and is most useful for delineating linear features such as faults or resistant rock types such as silicification. If used judiciously, LiDAR can join the toolbox of the modern exploration geologist working in heavily vegetated areas that contain many of the most prospective terrains left on Earth.

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