Author Keywords

biogeochemistry, bio-prospecting, nickel, platinum, cerium, yttrium, lanthanum, manganese, rare earth elements, geostatistics, mathematical geology, economic geology, aeromagnetic, ferromagnetic, paramagnetic, bastnasite


This paper explores the use of biogeochemistry as a means for conducting geological prospecting in search of economic grade anomalies of precious metals, base metals and rare earth elements. The use of randomized soil sampling for geostatistical coefficient calculations and aeromagnetic remote sensing systems in conjunction with biogeochemical prospecting for ferromagnetic elements is examined. The paper concludes that the evidence presented indicates that bioprospecting can be an extremely powerful economic geology tool for conducting rapid and cost effective micro-targeting mineral discovery.