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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This targeting effort has included iterative detailed gravity surveys, detailed geological mapping and associated prospecting, rock sampling and detailed gridded soil surveys, in addition to prior scout hole drilling.
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).
Drilling to be conducted at the Superior (Lucky Todd) and Railroad Creek prospects will consist of scout holes drilled across the mineralized zones to drill test areas that were exposed during the initial trenching and rock sampling program completed last month.
All three scout holes tested multi-kilometre scale targets and were intended to prove geological concepts rather than to be definitive tests, the company added.
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 three scout holes on the La Colorada mineralized zone, which will be reported when received.
Gold plans to drill a minimum of 2 scout holes, each to depths of up to 2,000 feet for a total of 4,000 feet.
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
ABM drilled 5 scout holes into the Port / Anomaly 19 area to assess the rock-types and search for any possible signs of mineralisation.