Mineral ExplorationUp one level
MDA's approach to geologic analysis integrates field observations and measurements, remotely sensed data, conventional geologic and geophysical techniques and leading-edge geologic theory. This approach permits a synthesis of regional geology and basin analysis and leads to the understanding and selection of exploration targets.
- MDA's lineament analysis identifies fracture systems to locate deep-seated, mineralized solutions and porphyry copper-type deposits. MDA also uses this analysis to map near surface groundwater conduits to site tailing dumps.
- MDA's lithologic boundary analysis assists mineral exploration groups to acquire samples to assay and to measure general rock characteristics. MDA also serves construction engineers, building contractors, and local governments for building and road siting.
- Geologic Structure
- MDA's geologic structure analysis is one of the first steps in any mineral exploration program because removal of the mineral is contingent upon a thorough knowledge of the subsurface rock structure.
- Alteration Zone Analysis
- MDA's alteration zone analysis serves mineral exploration groups with identifying areas of known surface alteration are often associated with underground deposits of precious metals.
- Image Processing
- MDA's EarthSat GeoVue and EarthSat MineralVue image enhancement techniques display geologic structures, through linear band combinations, to analytic techniques that enhance surface reflectance differences of vegetation and lithology to aid mineral exploration.