Mathematical Geology

, Volume 26, Issue 8, pp 917–936 | Cite as

Prospector II: Towards a knowledge base for mineral deposits

  • Richard B. McCammon


What began in the mid-seventies as a research effort in designing an expert system to aid geologists in exploring for hidden mineral deposits has in the late eighties become a full-sized knowledge-based system to aid geologists in conducting regional mineral resource assessments. Prospector II, the successor to Prospector, is interactive-graphics oriented, flexible in its representation of mineral deposit models, and suited to regional mineral resource assessment. In Prospector II, the geologist enters the findings for an area, selects the deposit models or examples of mineral deposits for consideration, and the program compares the findings with the models or the examples selected, noting the similarities, differences, and missing information. The models or the examples selected are ranked according to scores that are based on the comparisons with the findings. Findings can be reassessed and the process repeated if necessary. The results provide the geologist with a rationale for identifying those mineral deposit types that the geology of an area permits. In future, Prospector II can assist in the creation of new models used in regional mineral resource assessment and in striving toward an ultimate classification of mineral deposits.

Key words

expert systems knowledge base mineral resource assessment 


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© International Association for Mathematical Geology 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard B. McCammon
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  1. 1.U.S. Geological SurveyReston

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