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Method and System for Determining Gold Deposits by Collecting Above-Ground Vegetation in Regions of Interest

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245135D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-12
Document File: 4 page(s) / 73K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for determining gold deposits by collecting above-ground vegetation in regions of interest.

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Method and System for Determining Gold Deposits by Collecting Above - Vegetation in Regions of Interest

Processes that involve ultrasound sensors and drilling boreholes to sample the ground, required for mining deposits identification are expensive, and difficult to carry out on mountainous train. Further, assessment of chemical or biological infestation of land is expensive and inefficient. The current technology involves on foot or on track methods

which consume more time. There is a need for mechanism that can automatically locate areas of interest and map its interests for mining gold deposits.

Disclosed is a method and system for determining gold deposits by collecting above-ground vegetation in regions of interest. The method and system utilizes one or more of automated machines such as, unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, autonomous vehicles, etc. to locate areas of interest and to map its characteristics so as to determine mineral deposits and chemical/biological contamination of soil in the areas of interest. Data analytics is used to analyze and characterize the data. The characterized data is then automatically mapped to located areas of interest, wherein the mapped data can be such as for example, underground mineral resources, chemical contamination, biological contamination, etc.

In accordance with the method and system, a carrier platform transports at least one of the automated machines, to the site of interest to be explored. Subsequently, the carrier platform launches the automated machine to discrete areas that are assigned to be investigated. Thereafter, the automated machine senses the data using the one or more sensors and analyzes the data on board and relays the analyzed data to the carrier platform. Alternatively, the data can also be sent to an analytic engine located on a cloud platform. The carrier platform keeps a continuous wireless link with the unmanned aerial vehicle and further is connected with a base station using a telecommunication link.

Figure 1 illustrates series of images that represent a high-resolution dataset of gold vein deposit (bottom) obtained using the method and system, in contrast with a low-resolution dataset (top) obtained via traditional drilling process.

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Figure 1

In accordance with the figure 1, a narrow vein of a valuable mineral (indicated by yellow line) follows an irregular path through a region. Exploratory drilling sites (blue dots in upper image) lead to a lower-resolution representation of the vein morphology than the many collection sites (green dots in lower image) provided by using unmanned aerial vehicles.

Utilization of vegetation sampling in mineral exploration comprises the components such as, a collection platform, a chemical analysis equipment and an analytical software. The collection platform, such as, for example, drones, autonomous vehicles, manual (by hand) collection of plant samples, etc., the geographical location (GPS) of...