A GIS-based exploration initiative to help steer sustainable development

Arianne Ford, Steven Micklethwaite, Bernadetta Devi, Phillip McKenna

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The aim of this project was to build on the traditional GIS-based prospectivity analysis for mineral deposits, and integrate data relevant to environmental, community, and infrastructure development, in order to produce “sustainable prospectivity maps”. This allows target areas to be highlighted based on both geological and sustainability factors, which both have a significant impact on the ability of exploration and mining companies to operate. A pilot project was undertaken in South-East Sulawesi, Indonesia, which clearly highlighted areas that showed both geological potential for orogenic and placer gold mineralization, as well as favourable sustainability. This approach to sustainable exploration potentially derisks investment in exploration and mineral resource development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNancy 2015
Subtitle of host publicationMineral Resources in a Sustainable World
PublisherSociety for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9782855550657
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name13th SGA Biennial Meeting 2015

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