Special Issue "Mineral Exploration Based on Remote Sensing"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2023 | Viewed by 951

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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Laboratory of Geoinformatics, College of Science, Yarmouk University, Irbid 21163, Jordan
Interests: remote sensing; mineral exploration; sabkha environments; environmental pollution; sand dunes
Earth Sciences Department, Sultan Qaboos University, Al Seeb 123, Oman
Interests: economic geology; precambrian geology; geochemistry

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Dear Colleagues,

In many environments where traditional field surveys are difficult and time-consuming, remote sensing technology enables quick delineation of mineralized zones over wide areas at minimum cost and effort. Minerals and rocks are identified based on their mineral absorption properties present in the visible, near-infrared (VNIR), shortwave infrared (SWIR) (0.4–2.5 μm), and thermal infrared (TIR) (8-12 μm) wavelength regions. Iron oxides and hydroxides are characterized in the spectra region of the VNIR (0.4 to 1.1 µm) region, whereas the SWIR absorption features (2.0 to 2.5 µm) distinguish the spectra of carbonates, clay minerals, and sulphates. TIR distinguishes the spectra of silicates. Multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing data are used for mineral exploration in various environments to delineate structural elements that may have controlled mineralization as well as alteration zones. Mineral exploration in these environments is examined using numerous image processing techniques, such as minimum noise fraction (MNF), principal component analysis (PCA), band ratio (BR), matched filtering (MF), machine learning, and image classification.

Dr. Habes A. Ghrefat
Dr. Salah Al-Khirbash
Guest Editors

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  • hydrothermal alteration
  • multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing
  • arid and semi-arid environments
  • mineralization

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Application of ASTER Remote Sensing Data to Porphyry Copper Exploration in the Gondwana Region
Minerals 2023, 13(4), 501; https://doi.org/10.3390/min13040501 - 31 Mar 2023
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Porphyry copper ore is a vital strategic mineral resource. It is often associated with significant hydrothermal alteration, which alters the original mineralogical properties of the rock. Extracting alteration information from remote sensing data is crucial for porphyry copper exploration. However, the current method [...] Read more.
Porphyry copper ore is a vital strategic mineral resource. It is often associated with significant hydrothermal alteration, which alters the original mineralogical properties of the rock. Extracting alteration information from remote sensing data is crucial for porphyry copper exploration. However, the current method of extracting hydrothermal alteration information from ASTER remote sensing data does not consider the influence of disturbing factors, such as topography, and ignores the weak report of surface minerals, which has significant limitations. Therefore, this paper selects the Gondwana region of the East Tethys–Himalayan tectonic domain as the study area, combines waveform calculation with principal component analysis methods, proposes a spectral feature-enhanced principal component analysis (EPCA) method, and constructs a model to complete the automatic selection of principal components for each scene image. The results show that the etching information extracted by the EPCA method is significantly better than the traditional Crosta method in terms of etching area and spatial aggregation and discovers several prospective mineralization areas that have not yet been explored and exploited, such as Sakya and Xietongmen counties in Rikaze, providing theoretical support for subsequent mineralization exploration and large-scale mineral extraction. Meanwhile, obtaining the alteration information of the whole area can help to understand the distribution of mineralizing elements from a macroscopic perspective in the future, which is of great scientific significance in order to deeply analyze the formation process of metal deposits in mineralizing areas and improve the theory of porphyry mineralization. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Identification of hydrothermally altered volcanic rocks in the Al Amar area (Eastern Arabian Shield, Saudi Arabia) using ASTER data, spectral measurements and minerals study

Author: Habes Ghrefat

Title: Mineralogical, Geochemical and Spectral Characteristics of Low -High Grade Bauxite Deposits of South Bauxite Zone at Al Ba’itha Mine, Az Zabirah, Saudi Arabia

Author: Habes Ghrefat

Title: Application of Space- borne datasets in Geo-structural mapping of an interior Cretaceous rift basin: Case study from Kharit area, South Eastern Desert, Egypt

Authors: Ahmed Abdelhalim , Shawky Sakran, Islam Abuelella, and Said Mohamed Said

Title: Mapping the alteration zones using remote Sensing and GIS, Al-Mukalla area.

Author: Tarek Al-Hibshi et al

Title: Mapping hydrotherl alteration in Khunayqiyah, Eastern Arabian Shield, Saudi Arabia using remote sensing WordView Data

Author: Abdulrahman, AL-Harbi


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