Finding and Assessing Mineral Resources


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Why is the process of mineral exploration utilized prior to development and production of a site?

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1. How is the concentration of ore in a rock body classified?

2. Following a targeted identification and investigation, what two stages are next pursued during mineral exploration?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Mining for valuable mineral deposits is a multi-step process begun by teams of geologists and carried out by mining engineers. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of the complex process required to access these resources.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Ore grade
  • Survey tools used by geologists
  • Mineral exploration stages
  • Examples of geophysical identification markers

Skills Practiced

Students can practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on exploring for mineral resources
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as ore grade and mineral exploration
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the correct order of mineral exploration stages and geophysical markers for copper

Additional Learning

The lesson entitled Finding and Assessing Mineral Resources can help you learn more. It contains the following objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of geological mapping
  • Discuss changes in mineral exploration processes as mining has increased over time
  • Explain how mineral grades are determined, and how these grades factor into the mining process
  • Define grade and examine the importance of taking samples