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Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geologist

Handbook / Manual
  • Explains the cutting-edge current practice in exploration and mining geophysics for the discovery of 'blind' mineral deposits
  • Includes presentation and analysis of new petrophysical data, giving geologists and geophysicists key information on the physical properties of rocks
  • Provides examples from all the main types of mineral deposit around the world, giving students exposure to real geophysical data
  • Richly illustrated with over 300 full-colour figures, with access to electronic versions for instructors

By: Mike C Dentith(Author), Stephen T Mudge(Author)

450 pages, 300+ colour illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Apr 2014 | #208306 | ISBN-13: 9780521809511
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About this book

Providing a balance between principles and practice, this introduction to geophysical surveying takes readers from the basic physical phenomena, through the acquisition and processing of geophysical data, to the creation of subsurface models and geological interpretation to find hidden ore bodies. Detailed descriptions of the key surveying techniques are given, including gravity, magnetic, radiometric, electrical, electromagnetic and seismic methods, and each technique is presented in a consistent format, using non-mathematical language. The surveying techniques are connected with interpretation topics such as petrophysics, modeling, and the identification of noise in geophysical datasets. Packed with full-color figures which are also available online, the text is richly supported by numerous globally-selected case studies from a range of mineral deposit types. Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in mining exploration, Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geologist is also a valuable reference source for professionals in the mining industry wishing to make greater use of geophysical methods.

"More and more, great ore deposits are being found under cover and knowledge of exploration geophysics provides a distinct advantage in their discovery. Dentith and Mudge provide a clear, comprehensive, up to date, and (very significantly) applied approach for the general geologist, demonstrating how to locate concealed orebodies by employing modern-day geophysical techniques."
- Richard J. Goldfarb, Fellow, Society of Economic Geologists

"Readers will really appreciate the up-to-date system descriptions, examples and case histories presented [...] In particular, the diagrams in this textbook are superb; the explanatory diagrams have been drawn professionally and the geophysical data and images are shown in full colour."
- Richard Smith, Laurentian University



1. Introduction
2. Geophysical data acquisition, processing and interpretation
3. Gravity and magnetic methods
4. Radiometric method
5. Electrical and electromagnetic methods
6. Seismic method


Online Appendices
Appendix 1. Vectors
Appendix 2. Waves and wave analysis
Appendix 3. Magnetometric methods
Appendix 4. Magnetotelluric electromagnetic methods
Appendix 5. Radio and radar frequency methods
Appendix 6. Seismic refraction method
Appendix 7. Sources of information on exploration and mining geophysics

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Mike Dentith is Professor of Geophysics at the University of Western Australia. He has been an active researcher and teacher of university level applied geophysics and geology for more than 20 years, and he also consults to the minerals industry. Professor Dentith's research interests include geophysical signatures of mineral deposits (about which he has edited two books), petrophysics and terrain scale analysis for exploration targeting using geophysical data. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists and Geological Society of Australia.

Stephen T. Mudge has worked as an exploration geophysicist in Australia for more than 35 years, and currently works as a consultant in his own company Vector Research. He has worked in many parts of the world and has participated in a number of new mineral discoveries. Mr Mudge has a keen interest in data processing techniques for mineral discovery and has produced several publications reporting new developments. He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists and European Association of Engineers and Geoscientists.

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