scout hole

scout hole

[′skau̇t ‚hōl]
(mining engineering)
A borehole penetrating only the uppermost part of an ore body in order to delineate the surface configuration.
A shallow borehole used to ascertain the presence of ore or to explore an area in a preliminary manner.
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Drill hole LUDH029 was cored as a scout hole testing stratigraphic continuity between the lower Roan Mines Series R2 units in the open pit, and the stratigraphically higher Mwashya (R4) units on the ridge near the southern Licence boundary.
This week the first drill will finish the scout hole program on the mainland.
The scout hole was located to test the Upper Zone anomalies on IP Line 1 where 1970's Slingram and 1990's MaxMin, IP and TEM anomalies were coincident and spatially well defined such that the Upper Zone could be cost-effectively tested with one relatively short drill hole.
A single scout hole in silicified sediments on the anomalous western area by AMC-Posgold in 1993 assaying 2 metres at 9 g/t gold from surface does not appear to have been followed up (former EPM 9209).
One scout hole, BSD-7 has been completed and a second scout hole BSD-6 is in progress at the Bagacay area, approximately 3 km northwest of Boyongan.
expected in Q1 2014 from additional scout holes and infill drill lines
Cuesta aims to complete scout holes to test the potential for coal measures in this target area in 2013.
The remaining holes awaiting assay results include 11 more holes on the El Tajo vein and 3 scout holes on portions of La Colorada mineralized zone, which will be reported once received.
At Loma Verde, two scout holes 210m east of the resource intersected wide zones of disseminated 'manto-type' gold mineralization within volcaniclastics
Exploration scout holes on various targets within the Mumbwa licence area, which were generated by re modeling the previous FALCON gravity and magnetic data will be comprised in the future drilling.
A total of eight holes were completed at the Mewet prospect, two deep holes into north and south Sembawang prospect and two scout holes at central and south Nyabi Prospect.