A: Sri Pramod Kumar, AMD
Be optimistic, perseverance, constant change of your thoughts and models… Many examples exist… Century deposit of Pb-Zn, Australia is best example…. named so because explored by many companies for 100 years….
A: Sri Om Prakash Somani, MSPL
Proper knowledge and information on the terrain one chooses to venture is must to avoid any adverse situation.
2 thoughts on “Q: What advise do you give to a new mineral explorer on the basis of your good and bad experience, so he could deal with similar situation?”
On behalf of Saurabh Priyadarshi, GeoExplorers
“…” Just one Term. Be AGILE
+A-lert +G-Geological Skills +I-Inquisitive +L-Learn +E-Explore..”
On behalf of Dr V.Ganesan, former Director, GSI
1. Try to avoid very early morning traverses: Because that is the time, the nocturnal animals after their hectic schedule of food hunting, will be sleeping on the rock exposures or crevices or bottom of the trees where the withered leaves/ shrubs will be there. One should be very cautious while trekking and make little noise so that they will move away from that place and hide themselves from your vision.
2. Do not go without sufficient quantity of water. It may be useful to you or any one of your team mates who may be badly in need.
3. Have some local short traverses before you planning for a long trekking traverses in hilly terrain. Your body should acclimatize with the weather condition of the terrain and all your attendants will learn the techniques what exactly they are supposed to do while you are doing the geological studies especially breaking of rocks, chipping the size of bedrock samples to be collected, labeling and packing the same, carrying them safely to the base camp. This short traverses will remind you any left out necessary things required for your main trekking traverses.
4. Teach the fellow workers to take special care of hammer, compass, camera and other equipments so that they can check all the belonging before you leave from one place of observation to another place.
5. Plan the traverse in advance ie previous day and discuss with the field partner if he is co-working and discuss about the routes and traverses along with the local guides who will take care of your safe trekking and completion of geological studies successfully.
6. Carry enough food pockets while proceeding to a long traverse field work.
7. In the base camp, store first aid medicines for the sack of all the people’s safety.
8. Do not attempt to do any heroic deeds while doing field work which are unwarranted and you will not get any support from the Seniors/Department. So you should understand that your safety and health are in your hand.
9. Keep the base map for the traverses.
10. Collect all the available literature and synthesize the geology of the terrain where you are going to work and identify the areas where you have to focus on your studies and what type of problems existing there and adopt the methodology to solve the same during your scientific work and try to bring out new ideas / findings with your sincere attempt.
10. Collect enough no of samples and photographs to establish your findings which have to be substantiated by the laboratory studies subsequently.
11. Plan few field traverses in the beginning across the strike of the geological set up which will give you good understanding of the nature of the deposit in a short notice of time and you may attain good command over the area soon. Then you can design and orient your plan to achieve the result.
12. If any geochemical anomaly map of the soil/ bedrock samples of the given area for each minerals available, you have to frequently refer the maps and understand the areal extent of the anomaly zone in the field which will help to orient your studies.
13. Any pitting / trenching have been done and established any anomaly zone? If it is available bring out the nature of anomaly and highlights the same and plan for no of subsurface drilling and sampling along that profiles and that will establish the presence of main loci of mineralization which can be proved with the supportive evidence of chemical analysis.
14. One sample of hand specimen may not give you the quantity and quality of the deposit ie many number of sample generation and chemical analysis with repeated check analysis are required to judge its resource potential which is followed by the reserve estimation. So with good visible concentrated mineral / ore in a hand specimen, one cannot judge its resource/reserve potentiality.
15. While drilling in the shear controlled mineralization deposits, repeated short distance drilling is appreciable to recover the full length of the mineralized ore body or else you may lose the mineral bearing cores which may lead you to end in great distress and hence your scientific work may not achieve the goal…”
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