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Remote sensing and GIS for locating favourable zones of lead-zinc-copper mineralization in Rajpura-Dariba area, Rajasthan, India

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This paper reports the results of a pilot study carried out in RajpuraDariba area, Rajasthan, for locating favourable zones of lead-zinc-copper (Pb-Zn-Cu) mineralization using remote sensing, Geographical Information System (GIS) and geostatistical modelling techniques. Remotely sensed data, both aerial and satellite, were used to update the existing geological map. ATLAS GIS software and multivariate geostatistical techniques were used to analyse and integrate different types of geological and geophysical datasets. The Favourability Index (FI) maps prepared during this study show the occurrence of three favourable zones for Pb-Zn-Cu mineralization. They are: (i) around and north of Rawan ka Khera; (ii) isolated spots between Ruppura and Bhupalsagar; and (iii) north of Dhani. Selective geochemical sampling and resistivity profiling carried out in these favourable zones indicated the presence of geochemical anomalies (anomalous concentrations of Zn and Cu) and low/moderate resistivity zones, respectively. Recent drilling carried out by the Department of Mines and Geology (DMG), Rajasthan, at about 2.5 km north of Rawan ka Khera (one of the predicted favourable zones) indicated evidence of Cu mineralization at a depth of about 70 m.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad-500 037, India 2: Department of Mines and Geology, Udaipur-313 001, India 3: Freie University of Berlin, Germany

Publication date: November 20, 2000

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