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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

More on the Data


The MINFILE database has information on: 

  • More than 14,600 metallic mineral, industrial mineral and coal mines, deposits and occurrences documented in British Columbia.  Names; commodities; status (showings to major producing mines) and Mining Method (open pit, underground).  Location (NTS map, BCGS Map, longitude/latitude, UTM, elevation, Electoral District, Forest District, Location Certainty and Mining Division).
  • Mineralogy and alteration.
  • Deposit character, classification and type (based on BC Mineral Deposit Profiles).
  • Host rock (lithology, stratigraphic names and ages).
  • Geological setting (tectonic belt, terrane, physiographic area and metamorphism).
  • Inventory (assays, reserves/resources and production).
  • Capsule geology and work history.
  • References and publications.
  • MINFILE/www is an on-line application consisting of basic and advanced searches, on-screen occurrence summary data and other reports and downloads.
  • A downloadable MS Access application for local PC use is available as
    MINFILE/pc Version 5.

How to Reference MINFILE; web examples, one for a specific occurrence and one for a map area. Modelled after The Art & Science of Writing Geoscience Reports by Brian Grant (Amazon, AbeBooks, GAC: (Geoscience Reporting Guidelines))

MINFILE (2006): Tulsequah Chief, 104K 002; BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, MINFILE digital data, posted April 2006, URL <> [December 2004]

Jakobsen, D.E., Bradford, J., and Mihalynuk, M.G. (1993): Skagway mineral occurrence data NTS 104M; BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, MINFILE digital data, 88 occurrences, posted Nov 2004, URL <> [December 2004]

prov.gif (17891 bytes) Click on the adjacent map to see a density plot showing all the mineral occurrences in the MINFILE database.