Minerals Exploration Checklist

Prior to submitting a mineral assessment report, the author can use this guide to ensure the report properly captures all of the information required. This list is an example of the types of information the reviewing geologist is looking for.

  • The activities are reasonable and appropriate given the exploration objectives and circumstances.
  • Expenditures for the reporting period are reasonable for the activities described and have not been claimed in a previous assessment report.
Data & Results
  • The data and results are complete for the activities undertaken.
  • The data and results are accurate, reliable and authentic.
  • All raw data is included in the report along with a detailed description of the data collection and interpretation of the results.
  • An expenditure statement is included in both Part A and Part B.
  • All expenditures claimed are reasonable based on current commercial rates.
Work Done
  • Appropriate maps are included to show any physical, geological, geochemical and geophysical work done.
  • All work done is described in detail.


Data & Results Checklist

Below are examples of what geoscientists look for when reviewing Mineral Assessment Reports on behalf of the Crown to ensure quality of data and results justify the work expenditure.

Physical Work
  • Are lines/grid, local trail/road, topography, trenches, open cuts, underground cuts, reclamation, helipad, etc. shown on maps with metric dimensions noted?
  • Do geology maps show outline of outcrops and identify lithology, structure, mineralization/specific minerals?
  • Are the written results and maps comprehensive?
  • Are petrographic and mineralogical analyses reported?
  • Are photo-geological interpretations accompanied by ground surveys?
  • Is the magnetic survey component measured and identified?
  • Are absolute/relative values and diurnal correction described for magnetic surveys?
  • Is the specific method for electromagnetic survey described and the VLF transmitter location noted?
  • Are the specific method and elctrode array described for any induced polarization surveys?
  • Are airborne survey results in contour form, 1:50 000 scale or more detailed?
  • Are physiography, permit boundaries, flight lines, ground clearance, speed, and weather/wind vector noted for airborne surveys?
  • Are other types of surveys fully described?
  • Is material sampled identified and described as to appearance, soil horizon/depth; silt from active channel/bank; rock-type; vegetation species/part of plant; assays and metallurgical investigations described.
  • For laboratory analysis, are the analytical laboratory and chemist named?
  • For laboratory analysis, are the mesh fraction analysed, strength of reagents and time of digestion, and testing instruments identified?
  • For bio-surveys is the ashing technique identified?
  • Are analytical result certificates included in report?
  • Is any airborne survey presentation similar to airborne geophysical survey.
  • Are the drill-hole collar location, elevation, inclination/azimuth, dip test results, and hole/core diameter reported?
  • Are core/cuttings logs described by a geologist?
  • For core/cutting log description are the geologist's qualifications are included in report?
  • Are assay results correlated with logs, with a note of any assays not done?
  • Are shot holes for blasting reported separately from drilling reports?
  • Is an accurate map provided, showing location of each traverse, location and description of rock outcrops/float, and sample locations?
  • Are samples appropriately described (sample I.D., sampling method; sample size; physical description; location)?
  • Are analytical results included and referenced by sample I.D.?
  • Are any instrument readings described and plotted?
  • For further information please refer to the Guideline for Prospectors

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