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Exploration Review

Mining Engineering

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Abstract

This summary of international mineral exploration activities for 2012 draws upon information from industry sources, published literature and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) specialists. The summary provides data on exploration budgets by region and mineral commodity, identifies significant mineral discoveries and areas of mineral exploration, discusses government programs affecting the mineral exploration industry and presents analyses of exploration activities performed by the mineral industry. Three sources of information are reported and analyzed in this annual review of international exploration for 2012: 1) budgetary statistics expressed in U.S. nominal dollars provided by SNL Metals Economics Group (MEG) of Halifax, Nova Scotia; 2) regional and site-specific exploration activities that took place in 2012 as compiled by the USGS and 3) regional events including economic, social and political conditions that affected exploration activities, which were derived from published sources and unpublished discussions with USGS and industry specialists.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Exploration Review
Series title:
Mining Engineering
Volume
65
Issue:
5
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
SME
Contributing office(s):
National Minerals Information Center
Description:
21 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
32
Last page:
52