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Application of Airborne Electromagnetics and Magnetics for Mineral Exploration in the Baishiquan–Hongliujing Area, Northwest China

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China Aero Geophysical Survey & Remote Sensing Center for Natural Resources, Beijing 100083, China
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College of Geo-Exploration Sciences and Technology, Jilin University, Changchun 130026, China
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Geological Team Six of Xinjiang Geological and Mineral Bureau, Hami 839000, China
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Remote Sens. 2021, 13(5), 903; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13050903
Received: 22 January 2021 / Revised: 23 February 2021 / Accepted: 23 February 2021 / Published: 27 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Airborne Electromagnetic Surveys)
Airborne electromagnetics is an effective and efficient exploration tool in shallow mineral exploration for its high efficiency and low cost. In 2016, airborne electromagnetic and airborne magnetic surveys have been carried out at the border of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Gansu Province, the Northwest China. With an integrated system, the airborne electromagnetics and airborne magnetic data were collected simultaneously by AreoTEM-IV system from Aeroquest International Limited in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and the CS3 Cesium Vapor magnetometer from Scintrex in Concord, ON, Canada. About 3149 line-km of both data with 250 m line space were acquired. After data processing, the comprehensive analysis and interpretation of resistivity and magnetic anomalies has been carried out to infer lithological structure and outline the potential ore deposits. Verified by the ground surveys, seven outlined anomalies are consistent with the known ore sites, and one new gold deposit and several mineralization clues were found. The prospective reserves of gold are expected to exceed 10 tons. Besides, some prospecting target areas were outlined as the possible locations of copper–nickel deposits. The successful case shows the airborne magnetic data accords with geological structures, and the airborne electromagnetic method is effective in finding metal mineral resources, which can help to quickly identify potential ore targets with no surface outcrop. View Full-Text
Keywords: airborne electromagnetics; airborne magnetics; mineral exploration; geophysical survey; gold ore; deposit airborne electromagnetics; airborne magnetics; mineral exploration; geophysical survey; gold ore; deposit
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Liang, S.; Sun, S.; Lu, H. Application of Airborne Electromagnetics and Magnetics for Mineral Exploration in the Baishiquan–Hongliujing Area, Northwest China. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 903. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13050903

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Liang S, Sun S, Lu H. Application of Airborne Electromagnetics and Magnetics for Mineral Exploration in the Baishiquan–Hongliujing Area, Northwest China. Remote Sensing. 2021; 13(5):903. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13050903

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Liang, Shengjun, Siyuan Sun, and Hongfei Lu. 2021. "Application of Airborne Electromagnetics and Magnetics for Mineral Exploration in the Baishiquan–Hongliujing Area, Northwest China" Remote Sensing 13, no. 5: 903. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13050903

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