Ireland is a major zinc producer and a top destination for mineral exploration. iCRAG's models are providing a much-improved understanding of structural evolution within basins and how fault geometry controlled fluid-flow and ultimately the location of deposits. They are also underpinned more focused exploration in areas of deep cover that had been previously largely untouched. iCRAG is utilising the abundance of new seismic and borehole data from our industry partners combined with refined analytical and modelling techniques from our software partners and our Geomodelling and Geodata Platforms to extend and refine our current 3D models, provide better constraints on the physio-chemical conditions of deposit formation and develop geochemical, geophysical and structural vectors for Ireland’s Zn-Pb-(Cu) deposits.
Research activities are focussed on the following areas:
- Development of Carboniferous correlation tools
- 3-D and 4-D architectural models of onshore Ireland
- The origin and nature of geochemical halos for increased exploration effectiveness
- Development of new geophysical techniques to aid Irish Zn-Pb exploration