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KAOLIN GEOLOGY IN MIDDLE GEORGIA

EXPLORATION, DRILLING, SAMPLING AND TESTING

1-3 years

Kaolin mining begins with exploration. Based on local stratigraphy, geologists identify lands with potential for mineable deposits. Landsmen negotiate with the landowner for the rights to explore and mine. Contracts usually take the form of mineral leases that pay royalties or options to purchase. Commercial quality deposits are located by surveying, drilling, sampling and testing. Because of contaminants and extreme overburden, only a portion of the land explored contains commercial quality kaolin.


LOCATING THE MINE BY SURVEY

1-3 years

The exact location of the opening to be made in the earth is laid out on the ground. The opening is referred to as a "cut" and its location and dimensions are based on the survey, drill and test information developed during exploration of the land.


 

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