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Hydrothermal Pathways Analysis

Assay data, drillcore, underground mapping and field appraisal of prospects and terrains can focus on the identification of core elements of the alteration, geochemistry, geometry, and timing of fluid flow pathways that have led to mineralization. Hydrothermal pathways analysis is aimed at producing:

  • A practical �toolkit� of revised procedures to identify key fluid conduits, reject unimportant ones, and identify the planning steps needed to take this forward in mine or exploration lease development;
  • Maps, sections and reports identifying these conduits and suggesting alternatives for testing. These would ideally be layered/interwoven with structural and geophysical datasets;
  • New geochemical and alteration recognition data designed to either retrospectively validate or constrain older datasets, and to then add value to these datasets by restructuring and expanding their utility

A short on-site scoping program (7-14 days) is required to assess the scale of the problem and provide initial analysis of the alteration, geochemistry, mineralization and their interrelationships. The cost and time required of a second stage, with a full, integrated set of outcomes, depends on the nature of the problem, the precision of the required model, the volume of available data, and the amount of new data that needs to be collected. Additional laboratory based work (e.g. whole rock or isotope analyses) may be required, so that the second stage would deliver an interim report and the final stage would incorporate the results of the new geochemical analyses.


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