MSc Dissertation Placement - Week 1 - Getting to grips with the geology.

My name is Richard Roethe, I am a German student of the Camborne School of Mines in the UK. As part of my MSc-degree in Mining Geology, I have to produce a dissertation that is associated with geological issues which are commonly encountered in the mining industry. Regarding the economical state of the industry at the moment, I count myself very lucky to have been given a ‘hands-on’ opportunity... Read more

Practical Exploration Geology IV - Digitisation of Historic Data

The Balkans are a heavily mineralised region with a long history of mining stretching back to Roman mines of the second and third century. Industrial mining starting with the Austrians in the mid-nineteenth century and a number of British companies, including Selection Trust were present up until the outbreak of the Second World War. Prior to the break-up of Yugoslavia a lot of mines and... Read more

Practical Exploration Geology III - Adit Re-opening

In July Mineco’s PDT started the exploration programme on the newly acquired Rajkovici-Seliste-Celebici (“RSC”) exploration concession located in South East Bosnia adjacent to the operating Supla Stijena mine across the border in Montenegro. Whilst the area had been subject to relatively extensive exploration, both during Yugolsav times and much earlier, there is very limited historical reference... Read more
Core Shed

Practical Exploration Geology II - Drill Core Orientation

Drill Core Orientation in Rudnik The Mineco PDT team have been conducting a drilling campaign at our Rudnik mine in Serbia throughout the summer. As well as using the extracted core to identify mineralisation we can obtain very important structual data (measuring the directional properties of the rock) that is critical in developing our understanding of the wider geological setting. However to do... Read more
Cutting a Channel Sample

Practical Exploration Geology I - Underground Channel Sampling

Underground Channel Sampling in Goražde Mineco’s Goražde Project focuses on an abandoned antimony mine located in the Novi Goražde municipality of Bosnia Herzegovina. The antimony mineralisation is present as vein type or lenticular ore bodies located a) along the tectonic structures/faults and fractures and in b) the contact zone between altered limestone and hanging wall hosted schists/... Read more

Summer Placement - Week 6 Final days in Gorazde

Nearing the end of our truly amazing experience here in Bosnia, we couldn’t help but wonder where the time had gone. Six weeks has really flown by! However with a week still remaining there was more than enough time to learn so much more. With that in mind, it was off to the field where we would begin our final week with some back to basics. We set about mapping along the newly made road in... Read more

Summer Placement - Week 5 Gorazde, Bosnia

Week 5 started with resumption of week 4’s core logging and sampling. After almost finishing with the 3rd borehole, we took some time out to visit the Western part of the license area, Kordici. After mapping a path for the road last week, we revisited to check up on progress and take a look at the preparation for the next proposed drill site. Everything seemed in place and, other than the road... Read more

Summer Placement - Week 4 Gorazde, Bosnia

Having said farewell to our fellow colleagues and friends in Rudnik, it was time to travel onwards to Gorazde, Bosnia. A grassroots project in the rural countryside alongside the magnificent Drina River.  This excited me as the project was in the early stages of exploration, which meant it was back to basics. Large amounts of information therefore remained uncertain, opening opportunity for large... Read more
Underground at Rudnik

Summer Placement - Week 3 Underground

So, we started week three continuing with the work we were doing last week; orientating the drill cores so they could be logged. Orientating of the drill cores is important because, in order to take accurate structural measurements of veins and foliations etc. we need to know the position of that core in the ground from where it was taken. The bottom of each (usually 3 metres) run of core is... Read more
Drilling at Rudnik Rudnik

Summer Placement - Week 2 Rudnik, Serbia

At the beginning of the second week, we prepared ourselves for the field. Magnifying glass, rock hammer and compass in hand we undertook 4 days of mapping within an unexplored area located within the license of Rudnik Rudnik. The countryside was breath-taking. As we worked challenging ourselves in the field we began to interpret the geology and trade theories and ideas with the project geologists... Read more