Using 3D/4D modelling tools in exploration for epithermal gold potential areas in Eastern Rhodope zone (Western Trace, NE Greece)

AUTHORS: Arvanitidis N.D., Michael C., Christidis C., Weihed P., Gaál G., Royer J.J., Perantonis G., Bakalis V., Ballas D.

ABSTRACT: 3D/4D modelling tools are gaining ground day to day as advanced exploration technologies in mineral industry. The ability to visualise, interpolate and interpret geological data is a critical time- and money-saving method for mineral explorers. The models can contribute to better understand the geological evolution of mineralizing and ore-forming processes. These models can be key inputs for generating predictive models at different scales.
In NE Greece, where most of the potential resources and feasible deposits are hosted, polymetallic-gold mineralizations occur in a wide range of genetic types comprising magmatic, hypothermal/ mesothermal mantotype, orogenic, epithermal and supergene mineralization
types.
The epithermal deposits were emplaced within a broad volcanic belt of Oligocene-Miocene age, which developed first in Bulgaria and then moved south through northern Greece to the region of Thrace.
Deposit, semi-regional, regional scales 3D models and 4D model were produced to achieve new metallogenetic interpretations and exploration perspectives in Greece.

KEYWORDS: 3D/4D modelling, epithermal gold deposits, exploration tool, gold potential areas

EAN: SGA_2013_A012
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