Characterization and description of a mine reserve with geostatistical methods in Karakartal field

Taç, Mutlu
The Karakartal mining exploration field is located in Eastern Anotalia, close to Erzincan-Kemaliye. The field is an important metallic mining exploration area with high potential of Copper and Gold production. In this study, characterization of the mineral deposition are analyzed using geostatistical techniques. Subaşı Volcanics, Keban Metamorphics and Munzur Limestone are the basic geologic units in the mining area. The variations of chemical parameters with depth were examined. Descriptive statistics, areal distribution, linear regression analysis, trend surface analysis, principal component analysis were used to characterize ore body at the study area. Minimum, mean and maximum values and variances were determined by using descriptive statistics methods. Areal distribution models show intense values for copper mean, copper maximum, manganese maximum, zinc maximum and zinc mean values at the western part, other models show accumulation groups at the eastern site. Linear regression table shows high relations between gold-copper and, zinc-cadmium and lead, and potassium-sodium-barium- beryllium-calcium and aluminum. Trend surface analysis maps show northeast – southwest trend for copper, manganese and zinc, and southwest – northeast trend for gold. As a result of principal component analysis there are eight representative component groups for all elements. As a result of this study the regional distribution of the elements in the mineral deposition zone and their relationships with each other was determined by using results of the laboratory analyses of the drilling wells and geostatistical techniques together.
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M. Taç, “Characterization and description of a mine reserve with geostatistical methods in Karakartal field,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.