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Finding To Mining

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Discover how we locate the areas we will mine.

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Finding To Mining

  1. 1. FINDING TO MINING Rockwatch – Rockstar Awards 2013
  2. 2. CONTENTS • Why do we find and mine • Finding to Mining Process • Finding (Exploration) • Connecting the dots • Drilling what’s that? • Geological model • Mining (Extraction)
  3. 3. WHY DO WE FIND AND MINE? COPPER (Cu) Money THERMAL COAL Supplying power to connect Electricity for our homes and hospitals Electricity for our homes Steam powered transport PLATINUM Spinal implants Hard disks memory Catalytic converters 3
  4. 4. WHY DO WE FIND AND MINE? MET. COAL IRON (Fe) NICKEL (Ni) STAINLESS STEEL Transport Medical implements DIAMOND Drills for construction PHOSPHATE Dentist drills Surgical equipment NIOBIUM Agricultural fertiliser to grow crops Pacemakers as hypoallergenic 4
  5. 5. FINDING TO MINING PROCESS 5
  6. 6. STAGES OF FINDING - EXPLORATION 6
  7. 7. WHAT ARE WE FINDING? • Ore:- ‘a mineral or rock which can be worked economically’ 7
  8. 8. WE ARE FINDING MORE THAN ORE • Orebody:- ‘accumulation of minerals different from the host rock and rich enough in metal to be worth extracting and selling’ 8
  9. 9. WHERE WE START – DECIDING A TARGET 9
  10. 10. HOW MANY TARGETS TESTED TO FIND A DISCOVERY? 1000 10
  11. 11. FINDING - CONNECTING THE DOTS Geology 11
  12. 12. FINDING - CONNECTING THE DOTS Geology + Geophysics 12
  13. 13. FINDING - CONNECTING THE DOTS Geology + Geophysics + Geochem 13
  14. 14. FINDING - CONNECTING THE DOTS Geology + Geophysics + Geochem = Drill Target 14
  15. 15. DRILLING – WHAT’S THAT? 15
  16. 16. DRILLING CONTINUED 16
  17. 17. GEOLOGICAL MODEL 17
  18. 18. GEOLOGICAL MODEL 18
  19. 19. GRADE MODEL - DEPOSIT N 19 19
  20. 20. BUILDING AN UNDERGROUND MINE 20
  21. 21. AN OPERATING UNDERGROUND MINE 21
  22. 22. THANK YOU

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