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.