Mobile Metal Ion (MMI) Technology
Today’s mineral exploration can come at a great expense. The discovery of at-surface deposits are a thing of the past. The search for discovery has forced this generation of exploration companies to look at depth for buried deposits. This requires new techniques, technology and ways of thinking. As a result, Canada One has significantly de-risked future drill programs by utilizing the latest next-generation exploration technology available. One such technology is Mobile Metal Ion (MMI) geochemical soil surveying. This relatively in-expensive survey can successfully identify coincident mineral-in-soil anomalies which provide insight to potential mineralization at depth. It assists in further delineating drill zones and targets, thus optimizing a drill program for maximum efficiency.
Mobile Metal Ion (MMI) geochemistry is a proven advanced geochemical exploration technique known to find mineral deposits.
It is especially well suited for deeply buried mineral deposits. MMI™ measures metal ions that travel upward from mineralization to unconsolidated surface materials such soil, till, sand and so on. These mobile metal ions are released from mineralized material and travel upward toward the surface. Using careful soil sampling strategies, sophisticated chemical ligands and ultra sensitive instrumentation, SGS is able to measure these ions. After interpretation, MMI data can indicate anomalous areas.
SGS Labs is the sole provider of MMI technology.
There are many benefits to using MMI technology for soil geochemistry:
- Few false anomalies
- Focused, sharp anomalies
- Excellent repeatability
- Definition of metal zones and associations
- Detection of deeply buried mineralization
- Low background values (low noise)
- Low limits of detection
MMI technology is an innovative analytical process that uses a unique approach to the analysis of metals in soils and related materials. Target elements are extracted using weak solutions of organic and inorganic compounds rather than conventional aggressive acid or cyanide-based digests. MMI solutions contain strong ligands, which detach and hold metal ions that were loosely bound to soil particles by weak atomic forces in aqueous solution. This extraction does not dissolve the bound forms of the metal ions. Thus, the metal ions in the MMI solutions are the chemically active or ‘mobile’ component of the sample. Because these mobile, loosely bound complexes are in very low concentrations, measurement is by conventional ICP-MS and the latest evolution of this technology, ICP-MS Dynamic Reaction Cell™ (DRC II™). This allows for the detection of very low limits.
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