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Intrinsic neutralisation potential from automated drillcore logging for improved geoenvironmental domaining

Jackson, L, Parbhakar-Fox, A ORCID: 0000-0002-3570-1195, Fox, N, Cooke, DR ORCID: 0000-0003-3096-5658, Harris, AC and Savinova, E 2017 , 'Intrinsic neutralisation potential from automated drillcore logging for improved geoenvironmental domaining', paper presented at the 2017 Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage, 20-23 November, Burnie, Tasmania.

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Abstract

Hyperspectral analysis integrating near-infrared (NIR), shortwave infrared (SWIR) and longwave infrared (LWIR) spectrometry can accurately identify carbonate-, silicate and serpentine-group minerals. Significantly these mineral-groups offer short and long term neutralising capacity respectively in a range of mine waste environments. Routine hyperspectral mineral analysis is increasingly used for geometallurgical and geological domaining of ore deposits, however the mineralogical information obtained is rarely used for deposit-scale geoenvironmental characterisation. Evaluating the location, volume, and chemistry of neutralising gangue materials early in the mine planning process will permit prudent economic forecasting with regards to mine closure and beyond. By accurately identifying carbonate, silicate and serpentine minerals in low (or below) grade material, their use within rock and tailings storage facilities can be appropriately determined helps to alleviate the need to acquire costly neutralising materials particularly at the time of mine closure. This study focusses on using data generated by hyperspectral mineralogy platforms to develop geoenvironmental domaining algorithms. Seven drill holes from a porphyry Au-Cu deposit were analysed, with hyperspectral results validated against established geoenvironmental characterisation tests (including acid base accounting and X-ray diffractometry). These data show that neutralising characteristics of differing alteration types can be predicted accurately from hyperspectral data. Furthermore, when used in conjunction with NAG pH and these data can be used to precisely identify neutralising zones.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Jackson, L and Parbhakar-Fox, A and Fox, N and Cooke, DR and Harris, AC and Savinova, E
Keywords: acid mine drainage, waste management, sulphide, mining, mine planning
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Ninth Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage
Publisher: University of Queensland
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Copyright 2017 Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland

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