Lombardi Research Group - Resource exploration
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Resource exploration

Over the centuries man-kind has exploited the those geological deposits and reservoirs that were easiest to find and closest to the surface.

As we progressively exhaust these resources we are forced to explore ever deeper in the subsurface where new deposits are more difficult to find.

In addition to geophysical techniques like seismic and direct deep drilling, near-surface geochemical methods offer a complementary, relatively low cost approach to help define potential targets.

This is due to the fact that water or gas associated with deep economic resource, like minerals, oil, or geothermal energy, can migrate towards the ground surface and form an anomaly or halo.

The discovery and proper interpretation of such an anomaly can help direct more detailed, invasive investigations to determine the actual location and grade of the resource.

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Mineral exploration

Soil-gas geochemistry has the potential to identify buried ore bodies due to the upward migration of volatile gases associated with the weathering of the associated minerals. Highly volatile elements suc (...)

Hydrocarbon exploration

The first discoveries of useable oil deposits were made because oil was found to be seeping directly at the ground surface. Although there are few reservoirs that leak so dramatically, a significant prop (...)

Geothermal exploration

Areas with high geothermal gradients are often formed by the presence of thinned crust or relatively shallow magma, typically linked with past volcanic activity. Gases from this magma, or from chemical r (...)

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