Kimberlite Emplacement Models - The Implications For Mining Projects

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Journal Article: Kimberlite Emplacement Models - The Implications For Mining Projects

Abstract
The significance of the emplacement model for kimberlite pipes, or sheets, is commonly recognized in resource geology. However, its importance is not always appreciated in the mine design process. The fact is that knowledge of the orebody geometry, character of the contact zones, internal structures, rock mass competency and distribution of inclusions could directly influence the selection of the underground mining method, pit wall stability, dilution, treatability, and the dewatering strategy. The problems are exacerbated in smaller pipes and narrower sheets, and in more irregular shapes; they are more apparent in underground mining as opposed to open cast. Various kimberlite emplacement processes have a major impact on the nature of the kimberlite orebody and host rocks that will influence the mine design and mining strategy. Failure to understand these processes can adversely affect the economic outcome for developing a mine. It is therefore important to investigate those processes in order to better characterize the mining constraints and risks, and more accurately predict the mine's economic viability.

Author 
Jaroslav Jakubec








Published Journal 
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 2008





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Citation

Jaroslav Jakubec. 2008. Kimberlite Emplacement Models - The Implications For Mining Projects. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .