Using Remote Sensing and GIS to Better Understand a Copper Porphyry Prospect (Peru)
Elida is a newly discovered copper porphyry prospect located in Central Peru. The overall copper reserves are unknown and cannot be estimated from field inspection alone. The proposed research by the intern is aimed at helping to solve this ‘puzzle’ by using and developing remote sensing (RS) and geographic information systems (GIS) techniques for this problem. RS and GIS will be used by the intern to map and interpret lithological, mineral units and structural features that aid in understanding the movement of copper in this deposit. The partner organization is an exploration and mining company. For economic reasons, it is critically important for the company to know how much copper is emplaced within the system versus displaced. The main benefit to the partner is that the intern study project will help understand the copper retention in the system story.