This case history focuses on the use of airborne geophysics in diamond exploration. Following the 7 Steps Framework, this study provides a strategy for the integration of multiple physical properties to characterize a kimberlite deposit. This is demonstrated on the DO-18/DO-27 kimberlites, formally known as the Tli Kwi Cho (TKC) deposit.
The DO-27 and DO-18 kimberlites, often known as the Tli Kwi Cho (TKC) deposit, have been used as a testbed for airborne geophysical methods applied to kimberlite exploration. This case history attempts to characterize the DO-27/DO-18 kimberlite pipes based on four physical properties: density, susceptibility, conductivity and chargeability. Physical properties derived from 3D inversions are used to build a petrophysical model of the deposit. At least four rock types are identified and imaged at depth, which are compared to drilling results for validation. This study promotes the use of multiple geophysical methods for efficient diamond exploration programs.
The work presented is based upon the collaborative efforts of the UBC-GIF members. It summaries the results published in a three-part series on TKC:
- Inversion of airborne geophysics over the DO-27/DO-18 kimberlites - Part 1: Potential fields by Devriese, Davis and Oldenburg [DDO17].
- Inversion of airborne geophysics over the DO-27/DO-18 kimberlites - Part 2: Electromagnetics by Fournier, Kang, McMillan and Oldenburg [FKMO17].
- Inversion of airborne geophysics over the DO-27/DO-18 kimberlites - Part 3: Induced polarization by Kang, Fournier and Oldenburg [KFO17].