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RGS Surveys

 

B.C.'s Largest and Most Comprehensive Geochemical Database

 


 

 

 

The RGS database contains analytical determinations for up to 63 metals, field observations and
sample location information for approximately 65,000 fine-grained (<0.18 mm) stream- and lake-
sediment and water samples. Stream sediment and water samples are collected from first
or second order drainage basins with an average density of one sample site per 7 to 13 square
kilometres. RGS data identifies areas with elevated and/or depleted concentrations of metals and
is used by the mining industry to pinpoint exploration opportunities. The database is also used to:

 

  • Outline regional geochemical trends and assist regional metallogenic studies and geological
    interpretations.
  • Aid in the development of mineral resources, environmental baseline monitoring and land-use
    planning initiatives utilizing a flat-table readily compatible with GIS and geochemical software.
  • Provide background geochemical data useful for environment assessments.



 

 

Information Circular 2009-2 describes the Regional Geochemical Survey (RGS) program, surveys, sample media characteristics and application and uses.

 

See also Focused Geochemical SurveysGeochemical Surveys Home and Geoscience BC for recent surveys, and Canadian Database of Geochemical Surveys.

 

 

                                             
   NTS Mapsheet    Survey Name/Area Original
GSC OF
Original
RGS

Update
GSC OF

 

Update RGS Other
 RGS
 Other Report

Survey

 Year

Update1

Update2

 

Update3 Sample
 Sites
 Stream
sediment
  Moss
sediment
  Lake
sediment
Water AAS/FA INA ICP Routine
Water
Cation
Water
082E PENTICTON 409 n/a 2354 29 n/a GBC2010-04 1976 1991 2010 n/a 1,545 1,631 1,570 YES YES YES YES NO
082E/L, 092H/I/J  QUEST SOUTH n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a GBC2010-13 2009 n/a n/a n/a 742 785     704   NO YES YES YES NO

082F

 

NELSON 514 n/a 2355 30 n/a GBC2013-09 1977 1991 2013 n/a 1,318 1,394     1,318   YES YES YES YES

NO

082F/M, 092P 

MT. SKELLEY
PLUTON/BALDY

BATHOLITH

n/a n/a n/a n/a OF2000-23 n/a 1999 n/a n/a n/a 69\69 69   76   145 YES YES NO YES

NO

082F/K  PURCELL WILDERNESS CONSERVANCY AREA n/a n/a n/a n/a OF1990-11 n/a 1989 n/a n/a n/a 182 192     n/a   YES YES NO YES NO
082G  FERNIE n/a 27 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1990 n/a n/a n/a 924 978     848   YES YES NO YES NO
082J  KANANASKIS LAKES n/a 28 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1990 n/a n/a n/a 588 623     499   YES YES NO YES NO
082K  LARDEAU 515 n/a 2356 31 n/a GBC2013-04 1977 1991 2013 n/a 1,225 1,297     1,295 YES YES YES YES NO
082L  VERNON 410 n/a 2357 32 n/a GBC2010-04 1976 1991 2010 n/a 1,309 1,385     1,366   YES YES YES YES NO
082M  SEYMOUR ARM 516 n/a 2358 33 n/a GBC2010-04 1976/77 1991 2010 n/a 1,151 1,219     1,210   YES YES YES YES NO
082M ADAMS LAKE/NORTH BARRIERE LAKE n/a n/a n/a n/a OF1998-09 n/a 1996 n/a n/a n/a 218 231 NO NO NO YES YES
082N, 083C/D/E  GOLDEN, BRAZEAU LAKE, CANOE RIVER, MOUNT ROBSON n/a n/a n/a n/a GF2006-12 GBC2006-05 2005 n/a n/a n/a 1,409 1,495     1,495   NO YES YES YES

NO

092B/C VICTORIA/CAPE FLATTERY 2182 24 n/a n/a n/a GBC2011-04 1989 2011 n/a n/a 599   636   569   YES+FA NO YES YES NO
092E NOOTKA SOUND 2038 21 n/a n/a n/a GBC2011-04 1988 2011 n/a n/a 386   407   398   YES+FA NO YES YES NO
092F  ALBERNI 2183 25 n/a n/a n/a GBC2011-04 1989 2011 n/a n/a 908 109 853   863   YES+FA NO YES YES NO
092G  VANCOUVER  2184 26 n/a n/a n/a GBC2011-04 1989  2011 n/a n/a 855 898   11   809   YES+FA NO YES (part) YES NO
092H  HOPE 865 7 2665 39 n/a GBC2010-04 1981 1994 2010 n/a 940 967 983 YES YES YES YES NO
092H  CASCADE RECREATION AREA n/a n/a n/a n/a Paper 1991-1 n/a 1990 n/a n/a n/a 76 81         YES YES NO NO NO
092I  ASHCROFT 866 8 2666 40 n/a GBC2010-04 1981 1994 2010 n/a 572 606     596 YES YES YES YES NO
092J  PEMBERTON 867 9 2667 41 n/a GBC2010-04 1981 1994 2010 n/a 806 826     849   YES YES YES YES NO
092K  BUTE INLET 2039 22 n/a n/a n/a GBC2011-04 1988 2011 n/a n/a 1,214 989 296   1,264   YES+FA NO YES (part) YES NO
092L/102I  ALERT BAY/CAPE SCOTT 2040 23 n/a n/a n/a GBC2011-04, GBC2014-03 1988 2011 2014 n/a 1,140 165 1,042   1.174   YES+FA YES YES (part) YES NO
   NTS
Mapsheet
   Survey Name/Area Original 
GSC OF
Original 
RGS
Update GSC OF Update RGS Other RGS  Other Report Survey 
 Year
Update1 Update2 Update3 Sample
  Sites
 Stream sediment  Moss sediment  Lake sediment Water   AAS/FA INA ICP Routine Water Cation Water
102I,
092E/K/L 
NORTH VANCOUVER ISLAND n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a GBC2013-11 2012 n/a n/a n/a 681    721   660     YES YES YES NO
092L/M  CAPE CAUTION  n/a n/a n/a n/a OF2000-11 n/a 1999 n/a n/a n/a 133     141 141   YES YES NO YES NO
092N MOUNT WADDINGTON  n/a 34 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1991 n/a n/a n/a 820 868     855   YES YES NO YES NO
                                             
092N/O/P, 093A/B/C CARIBOO n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a GBC2007-06 2006 n/a n/a n/a 1,370   1,451 1,451    NO YES YES YES NO
092O  TASEKO LAKES 774 3 n/a 35 n/a GBC2010-04 1979 1992 2010 n/a 885 935     809   YES YES YES YES NO
092P  BONAPARTE LAKE 775 4 n/a 36 n/a GBC2010-04 1979 1992 2010 n/a 863 913     834   YES YES YES YES NO
093A QUESNEL LAKE 776 5 n/a 50 n/a GBC2008-03 1980 1999 2008 n/a 1,219 1,297 1,288 YES YES YES YES NO
093B  QUESNEL 777 6 n/a 54 n/a GBC2008-03 1980 2001 2008 n/a 715 751     750   YES YES YES YES NO
093B/G/F  TREK 2013 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a GBC2014-10 2013 n/a n/a n/a       281     NO YES YES YES NO
092N, 093B/C/F/G/K  ANAHIM LAKE/ NECHAKO RIVER n/a n/a n/a n/a GF2006-11 GBC2006-04 2005 n/a n/a n/a 1852\101  106   1,962 2,068   NO YES YES YES NO
093D  BELLA COOLA n/a n/a 4414 56 OF2000-13 n/a 1999 2002 n/a n/a 94 2   98   99   YES YES YES YES NO
093C/D/103A  BELLA COOLA/ LARADO 4414 56 n/a n/a n/a n/a 2001 n/a n/a n/a 1,000 1,057     223/1,050   NO YES YES YES YES (part)
093E  WHITESAIL LAKE 1360 16 n/a n/a n/a GBC2009-05 1986 2009 n/a n/a 214\898 951   216 1,159    YES+FA NO YES (part) YES NO
093E/F/J/K/L/N  QUEST WEST n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a GBC2009-11 2008 n/a n/a n/a 856/96 102   905 1,106    NO YES YES YES NO
093F  OOTSA/FAWNIE n/a n/a n/a n/a OF1994-19
OF1999-05
GBC2009-05
1993 2009 n/a n/a 461     489 488/238   YES YES YES YES YES (part)
093G  PRINCE GEORGE 1214 13 n/a n/a n/a GBC2008-03 1984/85 2008 n/a n/a 1,095 1,159     1,054   YES NO YES YES NO
093G/H/J/K/N/O  QUEST  n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a GBC2008-05 2007 n/a n/a n/a 1,851     1,959 1,959   NO YES YES YES NO
093H  MCBRIDE 1215 14 n/a n/a n/a GBC2008-03 1984\85 2008 n/a n/a 1,119 1,184     1,159   YES NO YES (part) YES  NO
093H/I  KAKWA RECREATION AREA n/a n/a n/a n/a Paper 1992-1 n/a 1990\1991 n/a n/a n/a 304 357         YES YES NO NO NO
093J  MCLEOD LAKE 1216 15 n/a n/a GF2006-09 GBC2013-06 1985 2006 2013 n/a 1,088 1,152     940   YES YES YES YES NO
093K  FORT FRASER 1766 57 n/a n/a n/a n/a 2002 n/a n/a n/a 795 843     413\186   NO YES YES YES YES (part)
093K  PINCHI LAKE 3305 n/a n/a n/a OF1996-15 OF1999-05 GBC2008-05 1995 2008 n/a n/a 413     438 438\217   YES YES YES YES YES (part)
093L  SMITHERS 1361 17 n/a n/a n/a GBC2009-05 1986 2009 n/a n/a 243\850 899   255 1,135   YES+FA NO YES YES NO
093L/M  BABINE n/a n/a n/a n/a OF1997-17 OF1999-05 GBC2009-05 1996 2009 n/a n/a 322\176     352 351/176   YES YES YES YES YES (part)
   NTS
Mapsheet 
   Survey Name/Area Original GSC OF Original RGS Update GSC OF Update RGS Other RGS  Other Report Survey
  Year
Update1 Update2 Update3 Sample
  Sites
 Stream sediment   Moss sediment   Lake sediment Water   AAS/FA INA ICP Routine Water Cation Water
093M  HAZELTON 1000 10 n/a 48 n/a GBC2009-05 1983 1998 2009 n/a 1,037 1,100      1,093 YES YES YES YES

NO

093N  MANSON RIVER 1001 11 n/a 49 n/a GBC2008-03 1983 1998 2008 n/a 1,060 1,092      1,121   YES YES YES YES NO
093O  PINE PASS n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a GBC2008-07 2007 n/a n/a n/a 854 906      845   NO YES YES YES NO
094C  MESILINIKA RIVER n/a 47 n/a n/a n/a GBC2011-02 1997 2011 n/a n/a 1,008 1,068      1,055   YES YES YES YES NO
094D  MCCONNELL CREEK n/a 45 n/a n/a GF2005-22 GBC2011-02 1996 2005 2011 n/a 976 1,034      1,034   YES YES YES YES NO
094E  TOODOGGONE RIVER n/a 46 n/a n/a GF2005-22 GBC2011-02 1996 2005 2011 n/a 909 963      961   YES YES YES YES NO
094L  GATAGA MTN n/a n/a n/a n/a OF1996-18 GBC2011-02 1995 2011 n/a n/a 174 184      182   YES YES YES YES YES
094L  GATAGA MTN SPRINGS n/a n/a n/a n/a OF1996-30 n/a 1995 n/a n/a n/a 34 35*      38*   YES YES NO YES YES
094M/104P  KECHIKA 3499 n/a 3704 n/a OF1997-15 OF1999-06 GBC2011-02 1996 2011 n/a n/a 445\235     471  471\261   YES YES YES YES YES (part)
103F/G  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS n/a n/a n/a n/a OF2000-14 GF2003-19 n/a 1999 2003 n/a n/a 184    195     193   YES YES YES YES NO
103H  KHUTZE RIVER n/a n/a n/a n/a OF2000-12 n/a 1999 n/a n/a n/a 111   63   54   116   YES YES NO YES NO
103H  TRIUMPH BAY n/a n/a n/a n/a OF2002-08 n/a 2001 n/a n/a na/ 196 208       207   NO YES YES YES NO
103H/I  ECSTALL n/a n/a n/a n/a OF2001-13 n/a 2000 n/a n/a n/a 30\198 210   32     241   NO  YES YES YES NO
103I/J TERRACE/ PRINCE RUPERT 772 1 n/a 42 n/a GBC2008-11 1978 1995 2008 n/a 2,128 2,253       2,237   YES YES YES YES NO
103O/P  NASS RIVER 773 2 n/a 43 n/a n/a 1978 1995 n/a n/a 1,779 1,880       1,862 YES YES NO YES NO
104A/H  SPATSIZI/ BOWSER 5000 58 n/a n/a n/a n/a 2004 n/a n/a n/a 1,385 1,463      1457\320   NO YES YES YES YES (part)
104B  ISKUT RIVER 1645 18 n/a n/a GF2003-20 GBC2011-02 1987 2003 2011 n/a 660 698       684 YES+FA NO YES YES NO
104F/G  SUMDUM/ TELEGRAPH 1646  19 n/a n/a GF2003-20 GBC2011-02 GBC2012-06 1987 2003 2011 2012 1,218 1,286       1,254   YES+FA  YES YES YES NO
104F/G/H/I/ QUEST NORTHWEST n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a GBC2012-07 2011 n/a n/a n/a 417 441       438   NO YES YES YES NO
104I  CRY LAKE n/a 44 n/a n/a n/a GBC2011-02 1995 2011 n/a n/a 1,159 1,228       1,213   YES  YES YES YES NO
104J  DEASE LAKE 4011 55 n/a n/a n/a n/a 2000 n/a n/a n/a 908 963       946\213   NO YES YES YES

YES (part)

104K  TELSEQUAH 1647 20 n/a n/a n/a GBC2012-05 1987 2012 n/a n/a 847 896       880   YES+FA NO YES YES NO
NTS
Mapsheet 
 Survey Name/Area Original GSC OF Original RGS Update GSC OF Update RGS Other RGS  Other Report Survey
  Year
Update1 Update2 Update3 Sample
  Sites
 Stream sediment   Moss sediment   Lake sediment   Water AAS\FA INA ICP Routine Water Cation Water
104M  SKAGWAY n/a 37 n/a n/a n/a n/a  1992 n/a n/a n/a  741 785       773   YES YES NO YES NO
104N  ATLIN 517 n/a n/a 51 n/a n/a  1977 2000 n/a n/a

160\182

933    168   1,101   YES YES (part) NO YES NO
104O  JENNINGS RIVER 561 n/a n/a 52 n/a GBC2011-02 1978 2000 2011 n/a 75\892 946     80   1,023   YES YES (part) YES YES NO
104P  MCDAME 562 n/a n/a 53 n/a GBC2011-02 1978 2000 2011 n/a 802 848       838   YES YES YES YES NO
114O\P  YAKUTAT/ TATSHENSHINI n/a 38 n/a n/a GF2006-04 n/a 1992 n/a n/a n/a 1,065 1,128       1,110   YES YES NO YES

NO

   * = Spring sediment and water.

n/a = not available

 

Links to:
- Geospatial Data
RGS Maps
- Property File (RGS Maps Collection)
- GF2015-3 (RGS Database 2015); Metadata

 

RGS Data Packages

RGS data is available for each survey area as hard-copy data packages and as digital data. 

For questions or more information on geology and minerals in British Columbia contact BCGS Mailbox or call toll free (B.C. residents only).