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been subject to relatively extensive exploration, both during Yugolsav times and much earlier, there is very limited historical reference...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
Mapping at Rudnik Rudnik

Summer Placement 2015 - Week 1 First Impressions

My name is Maddy Tracy and I am here, in Serbia, with fellow student Gethin Richards (more from him next week) for 6 weeks on placement. We both study exploration and resource Geology at Cardiff University and are on placement as part of our degree and also to gain experience, which is important for future employment. We arrived in Sarajevo Airport on Monday the 15th of June and spent the next... Read more