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Improved method for exploration of ore and minerals

Published: 3 January 2021

Maxim Smirnov conducts research in exploration geophysics at Luleå University of Technology. Now he and colleagues in the research group will develop new technology to contribute to Europe's goal of becoming self-sufficient in raw materials.

"We will achieve a better understanding of the geological development in Europe's most important ore district. This understanding will result in improved models for the formation of mineralizations and provide the opportunity for more efficient exploration. This could possibly also lead to new and possibly larger ore deposits being found", says Maxim Smirnov.

Mineral deposits are often described as end products of complex geological processes. Data collection, interpretation and visualization of geological and geophysical data are important steps towards understanding how a deposit was formed.

"In this project, we build further on this paradigm and the research is based on new geophysical data from prospective areas in Sweden, Greenland and Finland. Visualization is based on the concept Common Earth Modeling which is used for optimal planning of data collection, interpretation and dissemination of results", concludes Maxim Smirnov.

The project Regional for local-scale exploration is financed by Vinnova and ERAMIN with SEK 5,000,000. The research is exemplified by new geophysical data from prospective areas in Sweden, Greenland and Finland.

Maxim Smirnov

Maxim Smirnov, Associate Professor, Adjunct Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493588
Organisation: Exploration Geophysics, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering