LINKING PORPHYRY DEPOSIT GEOLOGY TO GEOPHYSICS VIA ROCK PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: SIX PORPHYRY DEPOSITS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Modern mineral exploration depends on multidisciplinary 3-dimensional integration of geological and geophysical data. Identification of the geological sources of geophysical anomalies requires knowledge of the physical properties fingerprint of rock types, formations and their alteration products. Understanding how and why rock physical properties vary within the Earth's subsurface ensures that appropriate geophysical exploration methods can be chosen, and allows for more efficient and effective surveys to be designed. Physical properties knowledge is integral to geophysical modeling - measured data or values estimated based on geological understanding are used to produce realistic forward calculations and to constrain inversion models. Mira Geoscience and the Geological Survey of Canada, in collaboration with industry and academia, are building a Rock Properties Database System (rpds.mirageoscience.com). It compiles the most valuable physical properties for mineral exploration (density, porosity, magnetic susceptibility and remanence, electrical resistivity and chargeability) linked with location and lithological metadata.
Alteration; Rocks; Rock; Porphyry deposit; Porphyry deposits; Density; Data; Porosity; minerals;