3D Drill Core Scout and Zoom for Gold Mineralization Characterization

Textural characterization of gold mineralization is critical for optimizing gold recovery in downstream mineral processing. Traditional techniques study numerous 2D sections studied with light microscopy and automated quantitative mineralogy. While these methods have proven successful in characterizing gold mineralization, they have numerous limitations based on sampling bias, stereological artifacts and statistical representativity of the 2D cross section. Many of these limitations can be overcome by applying 3D analysis techniques such as those available using the ZEISS Xradia 510 Versa X-ray microscope (XRM).

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