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UpDeep

General

Project start
24.07.2017
Project end
03.08.2017
Type of project
Research
Project theme
Geoscience
Project topic
Biogeochemistry
Geoscience

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, Mid-West
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 71.29650232141, -51.388527676463

Fieldwork start
24.07.2017
Fieldwork end
03.08.2017

Project details

24.09.2018
Science / project plan

The project aims to develop a new bio-geochemical tool set, to be used in the mineral exploration industry as low cost, low impact method to discover new and formerly unknown mineral deposits. The hypothesis is that plant organs and in part soil horizons are affected by deep sub-surface chemsitry, thereby retaining information regarding potential mineralisations at depth.  The UpDeep consortium consists of 6 european partners and one task leader and funded by the EIT. 

The primary impact of the project to the exploration industry is that it offers a new feasible geochemical toolset for mineral exploration thus enhancing the chances for discovery of previously unknown mineralizations. Secondly, the project provides means for geochemical exploration in all sensitive terrains of Europe. The key benefit is the insignificant or non-existing environmental impact in the sampling phase allowing sampling also in environmentally sensitive terrains. The other environmental impacts of surface geochemical exploration are accumulated from sample preparation and wet chemical analysis of the elemental concentrations, travelling to the field location and impacts of the sample shipping logistics totalling in a very small environmental impact.

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