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Innovative Exploration Methods for Minerals, Oil, Gas, and Groundwater for Sustainable Development

  • Book
  • December 2021
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5308614

Innovative Exploration Methods for Mineral, Oil, Gas, and Groundwater for Sustainable Development provides an integrated approach to exploration encompassing geology, geophysics, mining, and mineral processing. In addition, groundwater exploration is included, as it is central to the development of earth resources. As the demand for coal, minerals, oil and gas, and water continues to grow globally, researchers must prioritize sustainable exploration methods. Old technologies are being replaced speedily and exploration work has become fast, focused, meaningful, and readily reproducible keeping in pace with the changing global scenario. The themes of exploration of energy resources, exploration of minerals, groundwater exploration and processing and mineral engineering are separated out into sections and chapters included in these sections include case studies focusing on tools and techniques for exploration. Innovative Exploration Methods for Mineral, Oil, Gas, and Groundwater for Sustainable Development gives insight to modern concepts of exploration for those working in the various fields of energy, mineral, and groundwater exploration.

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Table of Contents

1. Energy Resource


1.1 Gasification of High Ash Indian Coals in Fluidised Bed Gasifier

1.2 Exploration of Mining Method for Coal Extraction in Developed Bord & Pillar Property by Powered Support Long Wall Equipment

Shale gas

1.3 Exploration of shale gas in India
prospects and challenges


1.4 Synergy through integrated geophysical acquisition for geothermal & hydrocarbon exploration and production


1.5 3D Seismic Expression of a paleo channel within Barail Argillaceous and its hydrocarbon prospect: Makum Field

1.6 A Case Study of Reservoir Parameter Estimation in Norne Oil Field, Norway by using Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF)


1.7 Coal Bed Methane: Changing India's Gas Market

1.8 Identification of Gas Bearing Sweet-spots within Complex Reservoir by Integrating Modern Geophysical Measurements- Case Studies from Upper Assam Fields

1.9 Evolution and Future Prospects for Coalbed Methane and Coal Mine Methane in India: Approaches for Addressing Mine Safety, Climate Change and Energy Security

2  Environment

2.1 Human health risks from potentially toxic elements in soils of coal mining area

2.2 Health risk of exposure to noise in coal preparation and mineral processing plants

2.3 Ecological Restoration of Waste Dump Generated from An Integrated Steel Plant: A case study

2.4 Environmental sustainability of Drilling fluids

Assessment and control

2.5 Estimation of Cost benefit Ratio for Opencast mines incorporating Forestry Clearance process

3. Groundwater


3.1. Self-potential: A low-cost geophysical method in investigating groundwater and contaminant plume

3.2. Fresh water bearing zone identification using VES

3.3. Integrated geophysical survey for delineating aquifer zones


3.4 Augmentation of arsenic free drinking water supply in west bengal through innovative groundwater exploration technique: a case study

3.5Geogenic Sulfate-rich Wastewater: Sources, Characteristics, Effects and treatment Technologies.

3.6 Pyritic Sulphur
its distribution, origin in Coal Seams and production of Acid Water in Mines

4. Mineral Exploration

4.1. Modern techniques for identyfying mineralization in virgin area

4.2. Integrated geophysical studies of Precambrian mobile belts to constrain evolutionary and mineragenic crustal models (experience from Fennoscandian Shield)

4.3. Gravity field: a potent tool in understanding the tectonic fabric and potential mineralisation over a part of the Bastar Craton, India

4.4. Satellite gravity anomalies: Defining basement structure of the northern bay of Bengal

4.5. Essential elements of geostatistics in mineral industry

5. Mineral Processing

5.1. Advanced Process Control for Mineral ProcessingOperations

5.2. Processing of Port Dredged Sand in Offshore Set-up for Value Addition- Approach and Constraints

5.3. Utilization of Archival Exploratoey Data in Coal Washery Design

6. Modern appliances and techniques

6.1. Wellbore Stability Modelling for Prediction of Mud Weight in Krishna-Godavari Basin India

6.2. Impact of Modern Exploration Techniques in Oil & Gas Reserves to Production Ratio

6.3. Effective attenuation of coherent and random noises in seismic data: A case study from Upper Assam Basin

6.4. Digitalization in Petroleum Exploration & Production: The New Game Changer

6.5. New computer technology to solve geological problems for prospecting and exploration of mineral resources

7. Policy

7.1. National geophysical mapping in geological survey of India
an impetus to mineral exploration

7.2. Social license in mining Can it operate outside the realm of sustainable development and responsible mining?

7.3. Why Shale Gas is a prime option for us from Energy perspective and the multi tasking software to address the related issues.

7.4. Evaluating Coal Block Auctions

7.5 Minerals for future generations: Indian Perspective


A. K. Moitra Formerly, Director, Geological Survey of India. Dr. Ajoy Kumar Moitra received his graduate and Doctorate from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. He joined the Geological Survey of India and retired in the year 2004 as Director. During his stay in Geological Survey of India (1971-2004), he carried out systematic mapping and exploration. He was engaged in study of stromatolites and related microbiota. After retirement, Dr Moitra carried out detailed exploration for coal, iron ore and limestone for both green and brown fields. Apart from many papers in prestigious journals, he has written two books. Jayanta Bhattacharya Visiting Professor, Western Australia School of Mines, Kalgoorlie, Australia. Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya is a Professor in the School of Environmental Science and Engineering and a Professor of Mining Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur , He is the founding Head of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Prof. Bhattacharya is a famous scientist in the area of environmental technology and product development. Prof. Bhattacharya pioneered research of laboratory and wetland schemes of wastewater treatment as a constructed plant based systems what presumably one day bioremediation systems would look like and have the capacity to perform. A continuous theme of research by his team is to develop new technologies and products for green treatment options. He is also known all over for his academic contributions in the area of environmental clearance, land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement of people. He has more than 120 papers in various national and international journals and conferences, and works as an editorial board member for 3 international journals. He has written 7 books and edited more than 10 books jointly written with his peers from around the world. He has completed guidance of 6 PhD scholars and is in the process for 10 more. J. R. Kayal Adjunct Professor, IIT, Kharagpur, IIT-ISM, Dhanbad, Tezpur University, Assam; Emeritus Professor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. Professor J. R. Kayal did his M Sc (Applied Geophysics) from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad and PhD from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He retired as Deputy Director GeneralGSI. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the IIT, Kharagpur, IIT-ISM, Dhanbad, Tezpur University, Assam, an Emeritus Professor at the Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan, and Strasbourg University, France. Presently, he is an Adjunct Professor, ISR, Gandhinagar and the NIT, Agartala. He led several international research projects sponsored by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, and was a guest faculty to the UNESCO (France) and ICTP (Italy). He is author of more than 130 peered reviewed research papers in national and international journals and authored one book. Biplab Mukerji Deputy Director General, Operation, and West Bengal Sikkim and Andaman, India. Dr. Biblap Mukerji received an M.Sc. in Applied Geology from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, in 1970, and a Doctorate in "Geospatial Modelling of Copper Mineralization in Singhbhum Belt, Jharkhand” in 2004 from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. He served on the Geological Survey of India for 36 years and retired as Deputy Director General, Operation, and West Bengal Sikkim & Andaman. He teaches Statistics, Geostatistics and GIS to officers and students of various organizations. Currently he is a consultant geologist and also an advisor to a mineral exploration company. He has number of scientific papers to his credit, published in National and International Journals. Life Member of Mining Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India. A.K. Das Hon. General Secretary, ISM Alumni Association Kolkota Chapter, India. Dr. Sri Ajoy Kumar Das has put in more than 41 years of overall experience with around 10 years in operation and management of both UG &OC coalmines of Western Coalfield Ltd. and balance in Marketing with M/s Greaves Cotton Ltd and Mahindra & Mahindra. Dr. Das had undergone intensive training in implementation of Modern Mining machines in U.K, Germany, France, and Sweden. In addition to above, he has presented several papers on Longwall Mining, High Speed Roadway Drivage, Dust control in UG Mines and Modern Roof Bolting Techniques in National and International Forum. He is presently Hon. General Secretary of ISM Alumni Association Kolkata Chapter mainly connected with dissipation of knowledge on Earth Science and Technology.