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Using fractals and power laws to predict the location of mineral deposits

Broadgate, M. and Cheng, Q. and Hayward, N. and Jennings, L. (2001) Using fractals and power laws to predict the location of mineral deposits. [Study Group Report]



Around the world the mineral exploration industry is interested in getting that small increase in probability measure on the earth's surface of where the next large undiscovered deposit might be found. In particular WMC Resources Ltd has operations world wide looking for just that edge in the detection of very large deposits of, for example, gold. Since the pioneering work of Mandelbrot, geologists have been familiar with the concept of fractals and self similarity over a few orders of magnitude for geological features. This includes the location and size of deposits within a particular mineral province. Fractal dimensions have been computed for such provinces and similarities of these aggregated measures between provinces have been noted. This paper explores the possibility of making use of known information to attempt the inverse process. That is, from lesser dimensional measures of a mineral province, for example, fractal dimension or more generally multi-fractal measures, is it possible to infer, even with small increase in probability, where the unknown (preferably large) deposits might be located.

Item Type:Study Group Report
Problem Sectors:Materials
Study Groups:Australian and New Zealand Mathematics in Industry Study Group > 18th MISG [Adelaide 29/1/2001 - 2/2/2001]
Company Name:WMC Resources
ID Code:565
Deposited By: Dr Kamel Bentahar
Deposited On:03 Feb 2012 21:53
Last Modified:29 May 2015 20:11

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