Submitted by Prof. Jan Rosenkranz on June 7, 2010 - 13:19
Geometallurgy brings together geological sciences, mineral processing and metallurgy in order to characterize physical and chemical properties of rocks and ore from the in situ ore stage through the extraction and beneficiation stages to the final product. The aim is to optimize processes, minimize waste and reduce costs in the mine to mill operation.
4D geological modelling is a new method to characterize the subsurface bedrock with remote methods and further integrate different geological, geophysical and geochemical methods in order to derive robust 3D models of the subsurface geology. To be successful, these 3D models have to be described over time (4D).