At all scales and geological settings, structural controls on the formation of ore systems, and their subsequent structural disruption, constitute critical pieces of information for mineral exploration. We believe that an integrated interpretation of field and remote-sensed data is key for successful structural and geophysical targeting of mineral deposits.
Our objective is to identify potential structural traps along or in the vicinity of major fault systems. At district scale, we characterize structural traps, styles and architecture of fault systems, as well as their role in the distribution of magmatism potentially related to mineralization. At a project scale, we examine lower-order fault-fracture arrays and characterize their geometry, kinematics and control on the distribution of hyrdothermal alteration and geochemical anomalies. From regional to district and deposit scale, we interpret the geophysical signatures of structures, magmatism, alteration and mineralization.
Geophysical and structural interpretation is an invaluable mineral exploration and targeting tool in regions of poor rock exposure. We integrate limited geologic information and geophysical data to improve our knowledge on bedrock geology and structure in areas of high proportion of colluvial, alluvial, glacial, or vegetation cover, or in areas of deep weathering.
Despite the long history of exploration in the Atacama Desert, there is still great exploration potential in gravel or ignmibrite covered areas where bedrock geology is still poorly constrained. Our aim is to generate seamless geological and structural maps for outcropping and covered areas, essential for exploration of porhpyry type and related types of deposits.