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Geophysics in Mineral Exploration

Geophysics in mineral exploration from Metatek. Our core technology, FTG, in combination with collaborative technologies, images the host geology, the mineralisation content and the size of the mineral targets.

The Importance of Geophysics in Mineral Exploration

Mineral exploration can be challenging. This is down to the expansive areas to survey and the typically rugged terrain. There are also complicated geological environments which are known to conceal the detection of minerals that we aim to extract. The detected minerals may be deep, small, scattered, or exhibit a low-grade composition of the sought-after mineral. There can also be issues in detecting the mineral when the physical difference between the host material and the mineral may be minimal or even absent. 

Using airborne geophysical surveys for mineral exploration, vast tracts of land can be efficiently screened for deposits with increasing resolution of graded targets. Known

geological structures that may contain the target mineral can be identified, which is confirmed with collaborative investigations.

  • eFTG can image geology down to 100m in size, perfect for rare earth deposits, copper, and gold.
  • Magnetics discriminates the eFTG anomalies to de-risk exploration further
  • Hyperspectral clearly identifies the target mineral
Geophysics in Mineral Exploration

Mineral Exploration with Metatek

When we embark on a mineral exploration project, legacy data, including ground geophysics and borehole data, is reprocessed, interpreted and incorporated into the final earth model.

Be it a new venture or a brownfield development, Metatek’s geophysical services enable the timely provision of high-quality data. This data is used to support mineral exploration programmes, baseline and definitive feasibility studies, environmental monitoring and remediation works.

Known mineral deposits identified with FTG include but are not limited to: 

  • Cobalt
  • Nickel
  • Graphite
  • Manganese
  • Lithium
  • Copper
  • Iron ore
  • Gold
  • Diamonds
  • Assorted rare earths.

Metatek has turnkey services, which include planning, operations, security and logistics. We also cover everything from data acquisition to processing, as well as modelling, interpretation and integration of complementary data. 

Metatek offers a wide range of survey methodologies for mineral exploration and can tailor solutions to meet exploration objectives even within the most complex geological environments.

Metatek geophysical services provide high-quality data to support mineral exploration programmes, baseline and definitive feasibility studies, environmental monitoring, and corridor mapping.

Metatek also provides planning, operations, security and logistics for exploration programmes.

Our team offers a wide range of survey methodologies which we tailor to meet exploration objectives in complex geological environments.

How do Metatek geophysical airborne techniques aid mineral exploration?

  • Airborne techniques are a quick and efficient way of surveying large, underexplored regions for minerals
  • We have the ability to conduct a multidisciplinary survey from a single aircraft to provide a comprehensive set of data
  • High-resolution airborne data provides a roadmap for more detailed land-based exploration.

Techniques for Geophysical Data Exploration

By narrowing down the areas of interest to just the most promising targets, Metatek accelerates the exploration timeline for mining companies. Metatek provides the following data techniques:

Metatek mining copper rods

Global Coverage

Global coverage ensures a Metatek aircraft is rarely more than a short ferry to areas of interest, ensuring cost-effective mobilisation for global exploration.

Land-based services:

  • Once you receive your data from your airborne geophysical survey, you’ll want to take a closer look on the ground at your identified mineral targets. 
  • Metatek offers a broad range of geoscience acquisition solutions ranging from time domain electromagnetics (TDEM), very low frequency (VLF), gravity, magnetics, and ground penetrating radar (GPR) through to radiometric dating and chemical analyses.
  • Metatek employs highly-trained ground crews to explore even the most remote areas globally.

Whatever your mineral exploration challenges, we can help find a solution. Contact us today for more information. 

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