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Abstract
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1. Introduction
2. Remote sensing technology
3. Mineral exploration overview OreGeologyReviews
4. Mapping hydrothermal alteration at
Volume14,Issues34,September1999,Pages157183
5. Mapping hydrothermal alteration at
6. Borate minerals Salar de Uyuni,
7. Mineral exploration in covered terrain
8. Future technology
9. Summary Remotesensingformineralexploration
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Abstract
Remotesensingisthescienceofacquiring,processing,andinterpretingimagesand
relateddata,acquiredfromaircraftandsatellites,thatrecordtheinteractionbetweenmatter
andelectromagneticenergy.Remotesensingimagesareusedformineralexplorationin
twoapplications:(1)mapgeologyandthefaultsandfracturesthatlocalizeoredeposits(2)
recognizehydrothermallyalteredrocksbytheirspectralsignatures.Landsatthematic
mapper(TM)satelliteimagesarewidelyusedtointerpretbothstructureandhydrothermal
alteration.DigitallyprocessedTMratioimagescanidentifytwoassemblagesof
hydrothermalalterationmineralsironminerals,andclaysplusalunite.InnorthernChile,TM
ratioimagesdefinedtheprospectsthatarenowmajorcopperdepositsatCollahuasiand
Ujina.Hyperspectralimagingsystemscanidentifyindividualspeciesofironandclay
minerals,whichcanprovidedetailsofhydrothermalzoning.Silicification,whichisan
importantindicatorofhydrothermalalteration,isnotrecognizableonTMandhyperspectral
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images.QuartzhasnodiagnosticspectralfeaturesinthevisibleandreflectedIR
wavelengthsrecordedbythesesystems.Variationsinsilicacontentarerecognizablein
multispectralthermalIRimages,whichisapromisingtopicforresearch.

Keywords
remotesensingmineralexplorationthematicmapper(TM)Goldfieldminingdistrict

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