Mineralogy

At every stage during the life cycle of a mineral deposit, from exploration to resource evaluation, mine planning, plant design and operation, product quality control, and through to closure and site rehabilitation, the information from mineralogical investigations should form an integral part of the knowledge base related to the resource.

Mineralogy

At every stage during the life cycle of a mineral deposit, from exploration to resource evaluation, mine planning, plant design and operation, product quality control, and through to closure and site rehabilitation, the information from mineralogical investigations should form an integral part of the knowledge base related to the resource. Mineralogy during exploration provides an early indication of likely later extraction processes required. It can also be used to constrain end-member variability for geometallurgical mapping and for process control modelling.

Mineralogy for feasibility studies includes quantification of significant minerals, determination of mineral compositions, and the description and quantification of factors such as size, shape, texture, associations, and liberation characteristics of the minerals in ore samples, mineral separates, and plant streams.