Hyperspectral Methods for Exploration, Mining and Basin Analysis

The analysis of rocks, minerals and soils by hyperspectral methods utilising reflectance spectroscopy is now one of the most routine and most cost-effective means of non-destructively determining geological composition, particularly of those hard-to-recognise clay and alteration minerals. Add to that new generation anhydrous silicate mineral logging and the method now more truly operates as geologists think.

Capturing the Benefits

In many situations spectroscopic analysis, whether from drill cores, drill chips or blast hole pulps, at the outcrop, from the air or space, can provide extremely rich, timely, low-cost-per-sample solutions to many mineral, oil and gas exploration, mining and geometallurgical problems. 
Spectroscopic Analysis graph
Above all hyperspectral methods can provide a rapid and objective characterisation of mineral and basin systems augmenting and enhancing conventional logging methods. Because sample preparation is minimal and results available in real-time, near real-time or quicker and cheaper than, say, XRD analysis, benefits can be delivered faster and at lower cost.

Likewise remote sensing hyperspectral mapping covers hundreds or thousands of square kilometres seeing sites no geologist could reach so completely and objectively.

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