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kindly add on some details regarding the application of ridge and spur sampling sir! exam tomorrow on field geology.

Ridge and spur sampling is a reconnaissance survey technique for identifying potentially economic mineral deposits.  It is just as it sounds, samples are collected from the tops of ridges and connected spurs.   These ridges might have been identified by stream channel sampling in adjacent watercourses.  Sampling involves taking samples from a designated soil horizon for standardization and the samples are checked for soil alteration and analyzed for target metal concentrations.

The link below describes additional follow up sampling to delineate the ore body extend on a much tighter sample spacing over a larger areal extent.


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