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pros·pect

 (prŏs′pĕkt′)
n.
1. Something expected; a possibility.
2. prospects
a. Chances.
b. Financial expectations, especially of success.
3.
a. A potential customer, client, or purchaser.
b. A candidate deemed likely to succeed.
4. The direction in which an object, such as a building, faces; an outlook.
5. Something presented to the eye; a scene: a pleasant prospect.
6. The act of surveying or examining.
7.
a. The location or probable location of a mineral deposit.
b. An actual or probable mineral deposit.
c. The mineral yield obtained by working an ore.
v. pros·pect·ed, pros·pect·ing, pros·pects
v.tr.
To search for or explore (a region) for mineral deposits or oil.
v.intr.
To explore for mineral deposits or oil.

[Middle English prospecte, from Latin prōspectus, distant view, from past participle of prōspicere, to look out : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

prospecting

(prəˈspɛktɪŋ)
n
(Mining & Quarrying) the activity of exploring a region for gold or other valuable minerals
Translations

prospecting

[prəsˈpektɪŋ] N (Min) → prospección f

prospecting

[prəˈspɛktɪŋ] nprospection f

prospecting

n (Min) → Suche fnach Bodenschätzen

prospecting

[prəsˈpɛktɪŋ] n (Mining) → prospezione f
References in classic literature ?
Bob Henderson's up there somewhere, been there three years now, swearing something big is going to happen, living off'n straight moose and prospecting around like a crazy man.
Still with unbounded faith in his hunch that a strike was coming in the Upper Country, his plan was to get together a party of four or five, and, if that was impossible, at least a partner, and to pole back up the river before the freeze-up to do winter prospecting.
This was too patently a scheme of Harper's and Joe Ladue's, trying to entice prospecting in the vicinity of their town site and trading post.
I went to sleep, and what does Skookum Jim do but try his hand at prospecting.
20 companies were issued licenses for gold prospecting in Kyrgyzstan in 2010.
com for a demonstration of the Leads Online prospecting service.
Including all plants with 20 or more employees, this will provide a prospect universe of about 3000 plants--enough to give you a good start on an effective market prospecting program.