Exploration Hub

Behind the scenes - A day in the life of a Mineral Explorer

June 2, 2020

Sometimes the biggest adventures are found where you least expect them.

What if we told you that some of the world’s greatest treks can also be treasure hunts along the way?

Breathtaking places like these

You get to hike, climb, camp and even take helicopter rides as part of the job.

Wait a minute – job?

Welcome to Mineral Exploration, where geologists are modern day treasure hunters.

Our mission is to find new treasures; from precious metals such as gold and silver, to base metals such as copper and lithium, used in our everyday things.

“The moment when you find something makes it all worth it.” Remembers Krisztina Pandur, a young geologist who along her partner Connor Malek has been prospecting different areas in Canada for the last four years and providing consulting services to various exploration companies. They presented The Thrill of the Hunt at the Association for Mineral Exploration’s MinEx Talks. “It’s humbling and motivating to realize that all major mineral discoveries started with a prospector going out on the field.”  

 

Our video this week features our project geologist Laurence Pryer, who shares what it is like to work out in the field; from helicopter rides, to sleeping at camp sites and what skills come in handy to succeed in this field:

 

Whether you explore Canada, where we can get metres of snow during the winter months, or you are in warmer places like Mexico or parts of the United States that see exploration year-round, our explorers are well prepared before they embark on their missions.

“The key is to go to an old place with a new idea, or to try a new place with an old idea”, explains Laurence Pryer, Project Geologist at Evrim. “In the first instance we would ask ourselves if an area has been sampled, drilled or maybe even mined for a specific mineral in the past. Then we take the data available and use it to find a different mineral.” This is the case for most of Evrim’s exploration efforts. For example the Astro Project in the Northwest Territories. In the 1970s vast areas of this region were explored and mined for zinc. We are now going to this area in search for gold.

In contrast, exploring a new location of interest, featuring geological similarities to known mineral deposits is another way to go. We would ask ourselves; are there similar rocks in this new place that are usually found in large gold deposits? This is an example of the work that we are currently doing through our alliance with Yamana Gold.

As you can imagine, it’s more exciting to explore a new place, but these are getting harder to find, as the world has been prospected for the last 5000 years, picking up significantly in the 1800s with the California Gold rush and several others that followed.

The government also plays a vital part in the search and discoveries of new mineral deposits. The government collects a wide variety of data from a country’s areas of interest and shares this data to promote useful exploration work.

Our geologists go through the vast dataset of projects in Canada, Mexico and western United States to find interesting geological targets. Once we gather a significant amount of encouraging results from our exploration efforts, we look for joint venture partners to fund further exploration work. In this way we preserve our own capital and we get to participate in a potential discovery.

This is modern day treasure hunting, and we get to call it our work.

> >