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Applied Mining Geology

  • Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2017

  • Presents a comprehensive summary of mining geology procedures from data collection, quality assurance to their utilization in resource/reserve models, and implementation in mine production plans, which can be used as guidelines by mining industry specialists

  • Covers a good mix of theory and practice of interest to a wide range of specialists, students, lecturers, researchers and experienced geologists

  • Includes numerous case studies containing rich resources of unpublished data which can be used as a reference by specialists optimizing the mining geology procedures

  • Additional Electronic Supplementary Material to this book can be downloaded from to facilitate learning and utilization


Part of the Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences book series (MASE, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Marat Abzalov
    Pages 1-2
  3. Mine Design, Mine Mapping and Sampling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 5-18
    3. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 19-37
    4. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 79-85
    5. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 87-95
    6. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 97-110
    7. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 111-115
  4. Sampling Errors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 119-133
    3. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 135-159
    4. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 161-175
    5. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 177-183
  5. Mineral Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 187-192
    3. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 193-205
    4. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 207-219
    5. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 221-230

About this book


This book provides a detailed overview of the operational principles of modern mining geology, which are presented as a good mix of theory and practice, allowing use by a broad range of specialists, from students to lecturers and experienced geologists.

The book includes comprehensive descriptions of mining geology techniques, including conventional methods and new approaches. The attributes presented in the book can be used as a reference and as a guide by mining industry specialists developing mining projects and for optimizing mining geology procedures. Applications of the methods are explained using case studies and are facilitated by the computer scripts added to the book as Electronic Supplementary Material.


Mineral Resource Geostatistics Mine Mapping and Sampling Economic Geology and Mineral Resources Geotechnical Mapping Mineral Resources

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.MASSA geoservicesMount ClaremontAustralia

About the authors

Dr Abzalov is a geologist with 35 years of experience. He has obtained his PhD in Geology studying nickel sulphide deposits in Russia and Fennoscandia and then undertaken additional post-graduate studies of Applied Mathematics at Murdoch University, Australia and Geostatistics in Fontainebleau, France. He has worked in different roles in research, exploration and mining geology, including the positions of Geology Manager – Project for WMC Resources and Exploration Manager – New Opportunities (Eurasia) and Group Geostatistical Consultant for Rio Tinto. 

With diverse commodity and geographical experience, encompassing five continents, Dr. Abzalov has demonstrated skills in greenfields, brownfields and resource modelling. With an innovative approach of geostatistically assisted 3D structural modelling, he has lead WMC Resources to the successful resource growth at Olympic Dam and Cliffs deposits. He was also instrumental in the discovery of the uranium resources in Jordan.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2017

“Abzalov, an experienced geologist, offers a wide-ranging, intensely practical volume that succinctly covers the basic sciences and methodologies of the evaluation and development of ore deposits in modern times. … This reviewer recommends that no student or professional within the modern mining industry (whether scientist or business worker) should be without ready access to this essential reference volume. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals.” (T. L. T. Grose, Choice, Vol. 54 (7), March, 2017)

“The publication is organised in seven parts, covering various aspects of mining geology and its application to enable decision-making on mines. … it does provide geologists with a good understanding to analyse the impact of decisions in drill spacing, mining unit size, uncertainty in geology and sampling, and many other variables, and to demonstrate this to the broader mining disciplines. I would recommend it as a handbook to aspiring and current mining geology professionals.” (Pamela Naidoo-Ameglio, The AusIMM Bulletin,, December, 2016)