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Detecting Lithium (Li) Mineralizations from Space: Current Research and Future Perspectives

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Department of Geosciences, Environment and Land Planning, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Rua Campo Alegre, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
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Institute of Earth Sciences (ICT), Pole of University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
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Geology and Mineral Resources Board of Directors, Geological Survey of Brazil (CPRM), Rua Costa, 01304-010 São Paulo, Brazil
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Departament of Mineralogía y Petrología, University of País Vasco (UPV/EHU), Barrio Sarriena, 48940 Leioa, Bilbao, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(5), 1785; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10051785
Received: 4 February 2020 / Revised: 28 February 2020 / Accepted: 2 March 2020 / Published: 5 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Earth Sciences and Geography)
Optical and thermal remote sensing data have been an important tool in geological exploration for certain deposit types. However, the present economic and technological advances demand the adaptation of the remote sensing data and image processing techniques to the exploration of other raw materials like lithium (Li). A bibliometric analysis, using a systematic review approach, was made to understand the recent interest in the application of remote sensing methods in Li exploration. A review of the application studies and developments in this field was also made. Throughout the paper, the addressed topics include: (i) achievements made in Li exploration using remote sensing methods; (ii) the main weaknesses of the approaches; (iii) how to overcome these difficulties; and (iv) the expected research perspectives. We expect that the number of studies concerning this topic will increase in the near future and that remote sensing will become an integrated and fundamental tool in Li exploration. View Full-Text
Keywords: satellite data; image processing algorithms; pegmatite; brine; lithological mapping; mineral alteration mapping; geobotanical mapping satellite data; image processing algorithms; pegmatite; brine; lithological mapping; mineral alteration mapping; geobotanical mapping
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Cardoso-Fernandes, J.; Teodoro, A.C.; Lima, A.; Perrotta, M.; Roda-Robles, E. Detecting Lithium (Li) Mineralizations from Space: Current Research and Future Perspectives. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 1785. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10051785

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Cardoso-Fernandes J, Teodoro AC, Lima A, Perrotta M, Roda-Robles E. Detecting Lithium (Li) Mineralizations from Space: Current Research and Future Perspectives. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(5):1785. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10051785

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Cardoso-Fernandes, Joana, Ana C. Teodoro, Alexandre Lima, Mônica Perrotta, and Encarnación Roda-Robles. 2020. "Detecting Lithium (Li) Mineralizations from Space: Current Research and Future Perspectives" Applied Sciences 10, no. 5: 1785. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10051785

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