Special Issue "Using Geophysical Inversion for Mineral Exploration: Methods and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 December 2022 | Viewed by 100

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vikas C. Baranwal
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Guest Editor
Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Interests: integration of geophysical methods; airborne geophysics; mineral exploration; environmental and geohazard applications
Dr. Bjørn Henning Heincke
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Co-Guest Editor
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), 1350 København, Denmark
Interests: mineral exploration geophysics; near-surface geophyics; joint and constrained inversion
Dr. Dikun Yang
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen 518055, China
Interests: electromagnetic methods; geophysical modeling and inversion; resource exploration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The shift to green technology enormously increases the global demand for critical commodities. This makes it necessary to improve nowadays mineral exploration techniques and strategies to both increase the success rate for finding new economic deposits and to exploit resources that were inaccessible in the past. To achieve this, many different types of geoscience data and information are combined in advanced multi-methodologically approaches to develop complex high-resolution exploration models in modern mineral exploration. Geophysical methods play a central role in such kind of exploration since they allow non-invasive systematic surveying, and often have a significant depth penetration. They provide insightful geological information as 2D and 3D physical models. Sometimes, geophysical anomalies are even directly sensitive to the target mineralization and can give information about the location, size, shape, and type of a deposit.

Most geophysical methods that have been successfully used in mineral exploration for a long time use the concept of inversion to reconstruct physical parameter distributions in the subsurface from the measured data. Geophysical inversion techniques are developing very fast for providing useful models for geological interpretations and in defining the targets for mineral exploration from various geophysical data. With an increasing capability of computing devices, 3D inversion of large geophysical datasets is possible now, which was a very difficult task few decades ago. Geophysical inversion methods and their use in mineral exploration stretch to a vast area of local (iterative and linearized inversion) and global optimization inversion (stochastic inversion) and consider even applications of machine learning—both directly in the inversion or indirectly in interpretation of the inverted data. Much effort has also been made to improve the resolution of inversion results and accordingly to make their models more reliable for geological interpretation by combining data either from different geophysical methods (joint inversions) or by integrating geophysical data with other geoscience data (e.g., constrained inversions).   

In this special issue, we are inviting papers that deal with geophysical inversion developments (e.g., improved resolution, meaningful geological constraints, joint inversion) to all types of geophysical methods (e.g., gravity, magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic methods, seismic methods and even remote sensing methods such as hyperspectral imaging) and surveys (e.g., airborne, ground, offshore and borehole) and their applications in defining the mineral exploration targets in case studies. This also includes contributions for inversion techniques applied for deep-seated and unconventional mineral deposits e.g., marine sulfides.

Dr. Vikas C. Baranwal
Dr. Bjørn Henning Heincke
Dr. Dikun Yang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • electrical and electromagnetic methods
  • gravity and magnetic methods
  • Induced polarization (IP)
  • seismic methods
  • airborne geophysics
  • ground-based and borehole geophysics
  • 3-D inversion
  • inversion-guided interpretations
  • joint and constrained inversions
  • integrated geophysical approaches
  • onshore and offshore mineral exploration
  • deep sea mining
  • non-conventional deposit

Published Papers

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