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  • Includes numerous case studies containing rich resources of unpublished data which can be used as a reference by specialists optimizing the mining geology procedures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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 233-237
    3. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 239-262
    4. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 263-286
    5. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 287-290
    6. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 291-294
    7. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 295-308
    8. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 309-313
    9. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 315-320
  2. Estimating Uncertainty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 323-333
    3. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 335-347
  3. Classification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 351-354
    3. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 365-372
  4. Mineral Deposit Types

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 377-377
    2. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 379-390
    3. Marat Abzalov
      Pages 391-404

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 economic geology quantitative geology

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

  • Book Title Applied Mining Geology
  • Authors Marat Abzalov
  • Series Title Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Mod. Approach. Solid Earth
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-39263-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81853-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-39264-6
  • Series ISSN 1876-1682
  • Series E-ISSN 1876-1690
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 448
  • Number of Illustrations 87 b/w illustrations, 174 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mineral Resources
    Economic Geology
    Quantitative Geology
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)