WHAT IS EXPLORATION?
EXPLORATION V. MINING
THERE'S A DIFFERENCE:
Exploration is simply defining what is in the ground. This is done by better understanding the geology of the area, including the minerals, rock properties, water resources, and biodiversity of that area. Exploration can involve a range of activities to help determine if there are valuable minerals under the ground. If the exploration process identifies minerals that can be commercially extracted, then mining in the future may be possible after a thorough permitting process. Less than 1% of exploration projects typically progress to establishing a mine. Arizona Metals is currently exploring the Kay project.
Mining is the active excavation of materials from the Earth’s crust. Most of the world’s mineral production is extracted by surface mining, which includes open-pit mining, strip mining, and quarrying. For smaller more concentrated mineral deposits, underground mining must be considered. In both techniques, excavating and extracting mineral substances involve combinations of drilling, blasting, hoisting, and hauling, as well as measures for health and safety and reducing environmental impact. Arizona Metals is not mining at the Kay project.