Mine Geology

Video Overview of Mining Methods:

A mine geologist must wear many hats.  One of the most important is understanding mining methods and how a deposit's geology controls mine planning. MGHQ recommends the following videos as brief summaries of various mining methods:

Open Pit  (video courtesy of Vale)

Block Caving (video courtesy of CMOC)

Cut and Fill (video courtesy of Atlas Copco)

Room & Pillar (video courtesy of Cat Mining)

Longwall (video courtesy of Cat Mining)

Sampling, Ore Control, and Reconciliation References (free):

Blaster training module from the U.S. Dept of Interior, OSM:


A Textbook on Mining Geology for the use of mining students and miners
(1906) Park, J., Charles Griffin and Co., Ltd. Provided by the University of California.

An Introduction to Geology and Hard Rock Mining
(2015) Lacy, W., Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Science and Technology Series.

The Importance of Dilution Factor for Open Pit Mining Projects
(2013) Ebrahimi A., SRK Consulting, presented at World Mining Congress, 2013.

Understanding the components of the fundamental sampling error: a key to good sampling practice
(2007), R.C.A. Minnitt, R.C.A., Rice, P.M., and Spangenberg, C., The Journal of The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), Vol. 107, August 2007.

Ore Grade Reconciliation Techniques - A Review
(2015) Richard, A. and Sulemana, A., Journal of Geosciences and Geomatics, Vol. 3, No. 5, 116-121 p.

Modeling Blast Movement for Grade Control
(2014) Isaaks, E., Barr, R., Handayani, O., Proceedings of 9th International Mining Geology Conference - AusIMM, 433-439p. Provided courtesy of Ed Isaaks at isaaks.com

Optimum Dig Lines for Open Pit Grade Control
(2014) Isaaks, E., Treloar, I., Elenbaas, T., Proceedings of 9th International Mining Geology Conference - AusIMM, 425-432p. Provided courtesy of Ed Isaaks at isaaks.com


More references coming soon!