Mineral exploration is a high-risk and high-cost business, one critical component of which is the effective and early recognition of key geological criteria that control metal distribution and that ultimately may define the economic potential of an exploration target. In porphyry copper deposits, there are a series of geological criteria that, if recognized early, will help the explorer more effectively assess the project exploration potential and thus define an exploration approach that is optimal for the local geological conditions. In this talk, we will review examples of these key criteria so as to assist explorers in the design of porphyry exploration programs and assess, at an early stage, resource potential.
Alan Wilson received his BSc in Geology from Edinburgh University in 1990 and MSc in Exploration and Mining Geology from Leicester University in 1991. He joined Rio Tinto’s exploration group in 1991, initially in Ecuador, then Bolivia before continuing to develop his base and precious metal exploration experience in Peru with Renison Goldfields and Billiton from 1997...Read More