Scientists use big data to hunt for gold, oil and gas

Scientists use big data to hunt for gold, oil and gas
Scientists use big data to hunt for gold, oil and gas

Scientists searching for everything from oil and gas to copper and gold are adopting techniques used by companies such as or Amazon to sift through vast amounts of data, a study showed on Tuesday.

The method has already helped to discover 10 carbon-bearing minerals and could be widely applied to exploration, they wrote in the journal American Mineralogist. 

'Big data points to new minerals, new deposits,' they wrote of the findings.

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DIGGING WITH DATA 

Scientists searching for everything from oil and gas to copper and gold  are using big data.

The technique goes beyond traditional geology by amassing data about how and where minerals have formed, for instance by the cooling of lava after volcanic eruptions. 

The data can then be used to help find other deposits. 

The method has already helped to discover 10 carbon-bearing minerals and could be widely applied to exploration, they wrote in the journal American Mineralogist. 

The technique goes beyond traditional geology by amassing data about how and where minerals have formed, for instance by the cooling of lava after volcanic eruptions. 

The data can then be used to help find other deposits.

'Minerals occur on Earth in clusters,' said

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