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International Journal of Science and Engineering Applications (IJSEA)  (Volume 7, Issue 2 February 2018)

Qualitative Contours: A New Geochemical Method for Preliminary Mineral Exploration

Mohammadreza Agharezaei, Hossein Hajari, Ardeshir Hezarkhani


Keywords: Qualitative contours, descriptive data, Exploration method, geochemistry, (C-V) Fractal, Qaleh-Zari

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        The target in this paper is introduction and application of a new exploration method to locate and highlight mineral deposits and mineralization trends. Generally exploration methods could be categorized into two major groups; quantitative and qualitative methods. Although many attempts have been taken to progress the first group, the second one has not been considered and improved as it should have been. This research offers a new method named ‘Qualitative Contours’ which is descriptive rather than being numeric. This new method is applied to delineate mineralization trends and deposits locations in Qaleh-Zari area. The selected study area is located north west of Qaleh-Zari copper deposit. This area is selected to determine how effective this method is to find mineralization trends and the known Qaleh-Zari deposit. Theis new method “Qualitative Contours” successfully located Qaleh-Zari deposit and mineralization trends in the area. Beside the main function of this method, other beneficial performances are discussed such as lithology modeling and erosion levels estimation which are highly correlated to field observations in the area. In this research, locating the well-known Qaleh-Zari copper deposit as the result of the Qualitative Contours method is discussed and in order to prove the accuracy of such locating, Concentration-Volume (C-V) Fractal modeling is used to prove copper anomalies numerically.

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title = " Qualitative Contours: A New Geochemical Method for Preliminary Mineral Exploration ",
journal = "International Journal of Science and Engineering Applications (IJSEA)",
volume = "7",
number = "2",
pages = "008 - 019",
year = "2018",
author = " Mohammadreza Agharezaei, Hossein Hajari, Ardeshir Hezarkhani ",