Recognition of a Hidden Mineral Deposit by an Artificial Intelligence Program

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Science  03 Sep 1982:
Vol. 217, Issue 4563, pp. 927-929
DOI: 10.1126/science.217.4563.927


A computer program that uses artificial intelligence techniques has successfully identified the location of a porphyry molybdenum deposit. Given geological maps of readily available predrilling exploration data for Mount Tolman in Washington State and using rules obtained from a porphyry molybdenum exploration specialist, the program (called PROSPECTOR) identified the location of previously unknown ore-grade mineralization. This appears to be the first reported determination of the location of mineralization by such a computer-based approach.