Geophysical Signatures of Mineral Deposits in Tropical and Subtropical Settings

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 125

Special Issue Editors

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Institute of Geosciences, Darcy Ribeiro Campus, University of Brasilia (UnB), Brasilia-Federal District, Brasilia 70910-900, Brazil
Interests: geophysical prospecting; gold mineralizations; supergenic deposits; alluvial deposits

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College of Planaltina FUP, Graduate Program in Applied Geosciences and Geodynamics, Institute of Geosciences, University of Brasília UnB, Planaltina-Brasília-Federal District, Planaltina 73345-010, Brazil
Interests: mineral prospecting and exploration; 2D and 3D geological and geophysical modelling; geophysical data inversion; petrophysics; machine learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Obtaining mineral deposits in tropical regions of our planet is difficult due to the intense action of climatic processes, which disintegrate rocks and produce thick soils. The discovery of new mineral deposits in these areas in the last decade has shown the necessity of using geophysical methodologies in the mineral exploration stages. Advances in geophysical and petrophysical data acquisition systems have led them to become faster and more efficient, which has enabled the recording of physical properties and anomalies with high resolution and excellent quality, improving the 2D and 3D images of mineralized geological bodies. The correlation of geophysical results with multipoint data analysis allows for a complexity determination of mineral deposit facies. This Special Issue invites the submission of articles that present original scientific research related to geophysical results or mineral deposits that occur in tropical regions.

This Special Issue focuses on the following topics:

1) The presentation of geophysical responses of mineral deposits with thick weathered and oxidized zones;
2) Geophysical footprints of supergenic mineral deposits;
3) The application of new geophysical techniques in mineral exploration.

Dr. Welitom Rodrigues Borges
Prof. Dr. Marcelo Henrique Leão-Santos
Guest Editors

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  • geophysical prospecting
  • mineral exploration
  • secondary mineral deposits
  • oxidized mineral deposits

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Borges et al Electrical prospection applied in the detection of diamond gravels along the Araguaia River, Amazon Basin, Brazil

2. Santos et al Mineralization discovery of rare-earth elements at the Fazenda Buriti Alkaline Complex, Goiás Alkaline Province, Brazil

3. Echague et al Application of geophysical methods (terrestrial magnetometry and IP) in the identification of mineralized structures and ranking of areas for drilling in Brownfield exploration of orogenic gold deposits

4. Borges et al Mapping of the geometry of iron mining body in Carajas with multiple electrical arrangements

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