Geophysical mapping, using planes and helicopters over Nordland, Troms and Finnmark, is a key activity for NGU in the MINN programme. Geologists will then follow-up numerous points of interest in all three counties. At the same time, several thousands of moraine samples are collected for geochemical analysis.
Since the summer of 2011, NGU has continued to develop its geochemical, geophysical and geological data sets for the counties of Finnmark, Troms and Nordland County, Norway. Once completed, the final processed data will be made public.
Surveying these areas includes taking measurements for magnetism, radioactivity and electrical conductivity, data which is grouped and compared to geochemical and geological data. Researchers will interpret this data to form a model from which they can draw conclusions on the possibility of locating minerals in the bedrock. Many sites have been identified as being very likely to contain ore deposits, like copper, nickel, iron, and gold.
The mineral industry is gradually gaining more commercial interest in Norway, and will become more important in the years to come. The government's new prioritization on minerals will improve prospecting activities; resulting new discoveries that can help develop new commercial enterprises throughout the country.