Minerals Targeting International

Digital Products for Accelerating Resource Discovery

Global Lithospheric Architecture Mapping Package

Available under sub-license to qualifying customers

 

Summary

 

  • Combines MTI know-how with research outputs of projects aimed at mapping the lithosphere
  • A comprehensive picture of the architecture and history of the continental lithospheric mantle, the overlying crust, and the connecting geodynamic framework through time.
  • Includes input information from:
    • the Global Lithospheric Architecture Mapping (GLAM) research project, a 2002-2010 collaboration between the GEMOC National Key Centre at Macquarie University, BHP Billiton (and formerly WMC Resources), and the Australian Research Council (ARC).
    • Continuing collaborative research between MTI and the GEMOC National Key Centre (as part of the new Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS).

 

 

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Current Products

 

The existing suite of products includes:

 

  1. A Digital map of Upper Lithospheric Domains (ULDs) depicting the architecture and history of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) at a nominal sub-crustal depth of about 80-100 km. The boundaries of these domains are the primary architecture of the lithosphere and are often the key conduits for mantle melts and fluids
  2. Digital maps of cratonic outlines at more than 40 different times throughout the past 3 billion years
  3. Crustal Tectonic Terrane maps for each continent or region
  4. Digital map of subduction zones through time, from the Late Archean to Cenozoic
  5. Literature reviews of the crustal terranes studied, describing the geology and history of each
  6. Digital maps of global seismic tomography, specially adapted for lithospheric mapping
  7. Unpublished geochronology data from most continents
  8. Geodynamic summary presentations of key regions
  9. Concepts, criteria and inputs for minerals exploration targeting and ranking (see Workshops)

 

 

Developing & Future Products

 

Products either currently in limited release, development or planned include:

 

  1. Mantle Fertility maps, depicting zones of mantle lithosphere most likely to have undergone metasomatism and metal enrichment
  2. Translithospheric fault map. These structures are the secondary fracture array that is pervasively developed in the continental lithosphere, and can provide important conduits for mantle melts and fluids

 

 

Workshops

 

A key part of the Lithosphere Discovery Package is an introductory 2 day workshop. This workshop covers:

  • Concepts
    • Planetary-scale
    • Lithosphere-scale
  • Product familiarization
  • Ore systems & Genetic models
  • Application of the Products to minerals exploration
  • Case studies

 

MTI facilitates minerals exploration project generation workshops for sub-license holders.

Enquiries welcome.

 

MTI facilitates minerals exploration project generation workshops for sub-license holders.

Enquiries welcome.