Identifying unique Resistate Indicator Mineral (RIM) chemistry as a guide in prospectivity for sediment-hosted copper mineralisation
Project Number: P1206
Amira Program Manager: Adele Seymon
Whilst terrains conducive to the discovery of large Tier 1 porphyry-Cu deposits remain the primary focus for many mining companies, there is an increasing awareness that belts such as the Central African Copperbelt (CACB) which contain higher grade sediment-hosted Cu mineralisation, can deliver high quality exploration opportunities. However, there is also the realisation that exploration in these relatively mature belts is becoming increasingly difficult as we explore in areas of shallow cover. Building upon the porphyry-focused outcomes of the green rock vectoring and RIMs studies, a similar investigation into the mineral chemistry of sediment-hosted copper systems is now recommended.
The benefits from sponsoring this program include:
- Ability to recognize whether exploration activities are focused in a productive aquifer
- Distinguish vectors to mineralisation in sediment-hosted environments