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Gold - Sulphide Mineralization in Ultramafic-Mafic-Granite Complex of Jashpur, Bastar Craton, Central India: Evidences from Geophysical Studies
Time Domain Induced Polarization (TDIP) investigation in conjunction with high resolution electrical resistivity tomography surveys carried out at seven sites along a 5.2 km line in Jashpur and Raigarh districts of Chhattisgarh State yielded promising results leading to the demarcation of mineralized zones. These sites are confined to ultramafic-mafic-felsic intrusive complexes representing gabbro-pyroxenite-granite sequences characterized by gold - sulphide mineralization. Two dimensional (2D) geophysical datasets yielded interesting results and a good correlation is found between 2D inverted resistivity tomography and time domain induced polarization (IP) models. Both high resistivity-high chargeability as well as low resistivity-high chargeability conditions have been inferred from these datasets. This observation is consistent with conductive metallic mineralization. Interpretation of the Pharsabahar-Pandripani site, reveals a chargeability magnitude of 9-14 mV/V, which represents a strong metallic conductor associated with gold-sulphide ore body. The results at Samarkachar site are equally significant, showing a good correlation with the presence of a low resistivity and high chargeability zone. Hence, the present study suggests a new scope for application of resistivity and IP tomography surveys for mineral prospecting in favourable geological settings.
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