GIS for Mining


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GIS allows scientists to create geological cross sections and map subsurface features in 3D.
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Mineral exploration geoscientists use diverse types of datasets, ranging from basic geological maps to hyperspectral airborne and multispectral satellite imagery, to search for mineral deposits. GIS allows geoscientists to bring these datasets together and accurately calculate economic potential on a single desktop.

GIS integrates with other specialized programs for geophysical and geochemical data, image processing, and CAD. Raster images, such as satellite or geophysical imagery, can be integrated and overlaid with vector data such as geology, faults, and sample information. Tools such as ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and Geosoft's Target for ArcGIS help geologists calculate and predict mineral prospectivity with unprecedented accuracy.

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These stories show how mining companies use GIS technology to uncover mineral potential:


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