Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Solid Earth, 12, 483–502, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-483-2021

Special issue: State of the art in mineral exploration

Solid Earth, 12, 483–502, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-483-2021

Research article 24 Feb 2021

Research article | 24 Feb 2021

Sparse 3D reflection seismic survey for deep-targeting iron oxide deposits and their host rocks, Ludvika Mines, Sweden

Alireza Malehmir et al.

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A smooth transition toward decarbonization demands access to more minerals of critical importance. Europe has a good geology for many of these mineral deposits, but at a depth requiring sensitive, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective methods for their exploration. In this context, we present a sparse 3D seismic dataset that allowed identification of potential iron oxide resources at depth and helped to characterise key geological structures and a historical tailing in central Sweden.