Prospecting Your Mineral Claim? Map, Don’t Core!

If you are ready to start prospecting on your mining claim, then you should consider having the area mapped instead of cored. While drill cores will give you some idea of the substrate materials present, mapping with wireless survey equipment will give you a complete underground map of your mining claim!

Here is a bit of information about drill cores and wireless survey mapping to help you make the best decision for your needs:

Drill Core Basics

Drill cores have been used for nearly a century to gain a small, focused look at the soil and rock below grade. Drilling a core uses a diamond-tipped drill bit mounted on a drilling rig truck. Coring is labor intensive and expensive because of the time and effort needed to extract the cores for study.

The main disadvantage of coring is that it does not give you any indication of the land’s contents anywhere other than the core’s exact location. The end result is a collection of expensive holes with no idea of the travel of ore bodies outside of those locations. And, the more cores you drill, the higher your costs will be.

Wireless Survey Mapping Basics

Wireless surveying of mineral claims uses a mobile ground penetrating radar (GPR) unit and a laptop. The GPR unit is placed on the ground and pulled in a grid pattern by the technician. As the GPR is gathering data, it is transmitted to a laptop. The laptop’s software takes the data, correlates it to a map of the area, and generates an underground map of your mine claim.

You can use your GPR generated map to see where bedrock lies and where any underground ore bodies appear to exist. This will save you a lot of time and effort in deciding where you should locate your mine’s plant and where you should process material.

Advantages of Wireless Survey Mapping

There are many advantages of using GPR with wireless surveying on your claim, including:

  • the process is non-invasive
  • the mapping is very accurate
  • mapping lowers your mining costs

In addition, survey mapping will show the travel of mineral ore bodies rather than leaving it up to guesswork like coring.

Final Thoughts

Thanks to the advances in wireless engineering, you can now identify the substrate of your claim without guesswork based upon a series of Swiss cheese configurated cores. If you are interested in having your mineral claim surveyed and mapped, then you should contact a local wireless engineering firm to make an appointment.

Author: Ismael Caldwell

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