New IGS Xplore prospectivity maps for Botswana

Publication: Earth Explorer

Topic: Innovation & Technology

Article Type: News article

Client: Geosoft

Published on: 17 August, 2016

By Kylie Williams

International Geoscience Services (IGS) have released a series of base metal prospectivity maps for the Ngamiland District of northwestern Botswana using free geodata available on the recently-launched Botswana Geoscience Portal, hosted by Geosoft.

IGS, a spin-out of the British Geological Survey, used their proprietary IGS Xplore software to identify favorable areas for copper, zinc and lead mineralization using geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets downloaded directly from the portal.

“What’s key about these mineral prospectivity maps,” explains Dr Aoife Brady, Geodata Product Manager for IGS, “is that they give industry and government an indication of the mineral potential of a particular region or country. They show mineralization across a range of commodities, assist with prioritizing future mapping programs or data gathering, and can assist with delineating mineral tenements or cadastre licence areas.”

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