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For Exploration Managers

Useful links & references

These lists of recommended resources for all Exploration Managers and other geoscientists are provided to “get you started”. They are by no means exhaustive or complete (which would be an impossible task!). And they are quite Australian-focused.
There are many other possible inclusions… I have restricted the books and papers to a “top 3 per topic”, based solely on my subjective judgement; I will update as new material is published, so let me know if you have recommendations…


Geological Surveys

Professional Societies

Mineral Exploration Consultants

Blogs & YouTube Videos

Geological & Exploration Equipment Supplies (Intl)

Top 3 books by topic

Mineral Exploration Management

  • Franey N (2023, in press), Mineral Exploration Management. Aust. Inst. Geosciences.
  • White AH (2009), Management of Mineral Exploration (2nd edition). Economic Geology Research Unit, Contribution 66, James Cook University.
  • Ryan R, Fraser B, Chapman M & Stevens D (2004), Field Guide for Geoscientists and Technicians. AusIMM.

Mineral Exploration

  • Marjoribanks R (2010), “Geological Methods in Mineral Exploration and Mining”. 2nd edition. Springer.
  • Stevens R (2010), Mineral Exploration and Mining Essentials. British Columbia Inst Technology.

Plate Tectonics and Ore Deposits

  • Sawkins FJ (1990), Metal Deposits in Relation to Plate Tectonics. Springer.
  • Hutchinson CS (1983), Economic Deposits and their Tectonic Setting. Springer.
  • Mitchell AHG & Garson MS (1982), Mineral Deposits and Global Tectonic Settings. Cambridge Univ. Press.

Target Generation

  • Bonham-Carter GF (1994), Geographic Information Systems for Geoscientists: Modelling with GIS. Pergamon Press.


  • Pirajno F (1992), Hydrothermal Mineral Deposits: Principles and Fundamental Concepts for the Exploration Geologist. Springer Berlin, Heidelberg.



  • Dentith M and Mudge S (2014), Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist. Cambridge Univ.
  • Isles DJ and Rankin LR (2013), Geological Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Data. Aust. Soc. Expl. Geophysicists.

Remote Sensing

  • Legg C (2018), “Basics of Geological Remote Sensing. An Introduction to Applications of Remote Sensing in Geological Mapping and Mineral Exploration”. Publ. as an e-book by Christopher Legg, Bristol, UK. https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07BH39PZH/ref=docs-os-doi_0
  • Drury SA (1987), “Image Interpretation in Geology”. Allen & Unwin, Inc.

Mineral Resource Estimation

  • AusIMM (2014), “Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve Estimation. The AusIMM Guide to Good Practice”. Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Monograph 30 (2nd edition).

Health & Safety

  • E3-Plus (2009), Excellence in Health and Safety e-toolkit (EHS) Version-01. A framework for responsible exploration. An initiative of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. www.pdac.ca

Environmental Management

  • IISD (2016), Environmental Impact Assessment Training Manual. Intl. Inst. For Sustainable Development. www.iisd.org/learning/eia

Community Relations

  • PDAC (2015), First Engagement: A Field Guide for Explorers. Prospectors and Developer’s Association Canada (PDAC).
  • ICMM (2015), Good Practice Guide: Indigenous Peoples and Mining (2nd edition). International Council on Mining and Metals.


  • Covey SR (2013), The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Rosetta Books.
  • Allen D (2001), Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-Free Productivity. Penguin.