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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Chapter III: Searching the MINFILE Database

 

A. Basic MINFILE Search (see Sections D through N for details by search topic). 
NOTE:  This search cannot be combined with an advanced search.

B. Advanced MINFILE Search (see Sections D through N for details by search topic) 
NOTE:  This search cannot be combined with a basic search.

C.
Search Results

D.
Identification Location Tab Search
    - Basic - MINFILE Name, MINFILE Number, BCGS Map, NTS Map, Latitude, Longitude, NAD
    - Advanced - MINFILE Name, MINFILE Number, BCGS Map, NTS Map, Latitude, Longitude, NAD, NMIN, Status, Mining Method,
                         Region, UTM Zone/Northing/Easting, Electoral District, Forest District, Mining Division, Elevation, Location
                         Certainty, Field Check, Location Comments

E.
Mineral Occurrence Tab Search
    - Basic - Commodity, Significant Minerals, Associated Minerals, Alteration, Deposit Type, Deposit Character, Deposit
                 Classification, Age of Mineralization
    - Advanced - Commodity, Significant Minerals, Associated Minerals, Alteration, Alteration Type, Age of Mineralization, Deposit
                        Character, Deposit Classification, Isotopic Age, Material Dated, Dating Method, Deposit Type, Shape of Deposit,
                        Shape Modifier, Deposit Dimension, Attitude Strike, Attitude Dip, Attitude Trend, Attitude Plunge, Mineral
                        Occurrence Comments

F.
Host Rock Tab Search
    - Basic - Rock Type, Rock Modifier, Formal Host, Informal Host, Stratigraphic Age
    - Advanced - Dominant Host, Lithologies (Rock Type, Rock Modifier), Formal Host (Group, Formation, Stratigraphic Age, Isotopic
                         Age, Dating Method, Material Dated), Informal Host (Igneous/Metamorphic/Other, Stratigraphic Age, Isotopic Age,
                        Dating Method, Material Dated), Host Rock Comments

G.
  Geological Settings Tab Search
    - Basic - Tectonic Belt, Terrane
    - Advanced - Tectonic Belt, Physiographic Region, Terrane, Metamorphism (Type, Relationship, Metamorphic Grade),
                         Geological Setting Comments

H.
  Inventory Tab Search
    - Basic - Commodity, Resource Categories, Reserve Categories, Other
    - Advanced - Inventory (Zone, Year, Category, Quantity, Calculation, Report On, NI43-101, Sample Type), Commodity, Grades,
                         References, Inventory Comments

I. 
Production Tab Search
    - Basic - Commodity, Year of Production, Tonnes Mined/Milled Annually
    - Advanced - Production Year, Tonnes Mined, Tonnes Milled, Commodity, Kilograms Recovered, Production Comments

J.
  Capsule Geology/Bibliography Tab Search
    - Basic - Capsule Geology text, Bibliography text, Comments (Identification, Structural, Significant Mineral, Associated Mineral,
                 Alteration Mineral, Host Rock, Geological Setting, Inventory/Reference, Production)
    - Advanced - Capsule Geology text, Bibliography text

K.
  Import Numbers Tab Search for Basic and Advanced Searches - Import list of MINFILE Numbers
     from File

L.
  Sample MINFILE Basic Searches by
      - MINFILE Name - on single MINFILE Name, partial MINFILE Name

M.
  Sample MINFILE Advanced Searches by
      - MINFILE Name - on exact MINFILE Name, partial MINFILE Name, primary MINFILE Name
      - MINFILE Number - one MINFILE Number, range of MINFILE Numbers
      - Commodity - on one commodity

N. To continue searching on Previous Results - This option allows you to search the MINFILE database,
    using a number of criteria to isolate specific mineral occurrences.
 

A.  Basic MINFILE Search

 

Basic Search Features

The Basic search is divided into 8 easy to use tabs. The basic search opens on the Identification and Location tab.

 

 

Features

 

  • Search parameters are divided logically by function.
  • Each tab contains multiple fields to search on.
  • Not every record will have every field populated.  Eg. Some records may not have a Deposit Type, Inventory data, or Production data, etc.
  • Allows you to select search criteria from multiple tabs.
  • Allows you to search on any combination of search criteria on any or all of the tabs at the same time.
  • All the fields you selected on each tab are submitted when you click Search.
  • Consists of the same series of tabs as found on the Coding Card.

Using the Basic Search

1.  Select the search tab (if you don't want to start on the Identification and Location tab).
2.  Make your selection(s) using the text boxes, list boxes and radio buttons.
3.  Make as many selections as you want and select as many tabs as you want.
(All the fields you select on each tab are submitted when you click search).
4.  Click Search.
5.  The Search Results Summary screen opens with your search results displayed in summary form. 

From the Search Results Summary screen you have the option to

1.  View a summary of the record by clicking on the MINFILE number;

2.  View a complete report of the record by clicking on the first MINFILE name;

3.  In the Status column, click on Inventory Report or Production Report to get a full report on inventory or production.  If there is no report indicated in this column for inventory or production then that means that there is no inventory or production data for that specific record.

4.  View the record on a map in the MapPlace by clicking on the Latitude/Longitude coordinates.

5.  Click Refine your search to search again on your previous search results.  You are returned to your previous search tab with all your search criteria saved.  Select additional search criteria(s) and click Search again.or

6.  Click New Search to start a new search. You are returned to your previous search tab with all search criteria deleted.  You are ready to start a new search.

 

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Radio Button Search Modifiers

Use the radio buttons to include or exclude criteria.
 

Primary - will return results that match the criteria selected if it is ranked 'primary'.
All - will return results that match all of the criteria selected.
Any - will return results that match at least one of the criteria selected.

 Any is the default if no other button is selected

Not - will return results that do not match the criteria selected.
For Example:

Selecting the commodity Gold, then selecting:

Primary - the search will only return occurrences that have a primary commodity of Gold (ie. gold is the
first commodity mentioned in the list of commodities for that specific occurrence).

All - the search will return all occurrences that have the commodity Gold (anywhere in the commodity listing
for that specific occurrence).

Any - the search will return any occurrence that has the commodity Gold.
Note:  When only searching on one criteria - All and Any will return the same results.

Not - the search will return all occurrences that do NOT have a commodity of Gold.
 

Selecting Multiple Criteria

To make multiple selections in the same list box use Ctrl-Click.

For Example:

Using Ctrl-Click to select the commodities Agate and Garnet, then selecting:

Primary - the search will only return occurrences that have a primary commodity of either Agate OR Garnet.

All - the search will only return occurrences that have commodities of Agate AND Garnet.

Any - the search will return occurrences that have commodities of Agate OR Garnet

Not - the search will return all occurrences that do NOT have commodities of Agate OR Garnet.

Note: Basic and Advanced searches are two separate searches, they cannot be combined. A link at the top of the page takes
you to the Advanced Search screen where you can start a new advanced search.

 

B.  Advanced MINFILE Search

 

Advanced Search Features

The advanced search allows you to add search filters and perform multiple searches on previous search results. 

 

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Advanced Search Quick Tips

1.  Always select or enter the search criteria first, before selecting a filter.

2.  Select an optional filter (Primary / Not).
      - Select the Primary check box if only searching on primary.
      - Select the Not check box to exclude the criteria from the search.

3.  Select a mandatory filter (And / Or).
      -
Click And to search for the criteria specified.
      - Click Or to search for either field specified when searching multiple criteria.

4.  Then click Search.

Note: For every search criteria selected, the mandatory search filter is required.


Advanced Search Screen

 

  • Offers far more flexibility and power for searching the Mineral Occurrence records
  • Iterative filter features
  • Allows you to search on any field any number of times
  • A link at the top-right of the page allows you to switch to the Basic Search screen

Using Search Filters

The advanced search tabs feature the use of search filters. The search filters in use are displayed in the top left corner of the screen and beside the fields selected.

The first time you open the Advanced Search, the message "There is no Search Filter!" is displayed above the search tabs.

 

 

Advanced Search Filters

To search for a Mineral Occurrence

1.  Type your search criteria in the text box or select from the list box.
2.  Select an optional search filter checkbox (Not / Primary).

  • Not - excludes the field specified from the search.
  • Primary - searches only for Primary occurrence.

3.  Click the mandatory search filter you want to use (And / Or).

  • And - searches for that field specifically.
  • Or - searches for either field specified (when searching on multiple criteria).

 

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Note: If only searching on one criteria And and Or will return identical results.

If you've returned to the Advanced Search tabs your previous search filters are displayed in red at the top of the screen above the search results.

You may search the results again using a new filter (or combinations of filters) by clicking Modify Search.

 

Clear Search Filters

Clear All Filter(s)

1.  To start a new advanced search click Clear All Filter(s).
2.  This clears all previous search criteria and search filters.

You may now start a new search by entering the new search criteria and selecting filter.

Clear Current Filter

When using multiple searches use Clear Current Filter to clear previous search filters.

To clear only the last search filter used:

1.  Click Clear Current Filter.
2.  The last filter is cleared.

To clear more than one previous filter:

1.  Click on the search filter displayed on the left side of the screen above the tabs.
2.  Click Clear Current Filter.
3.  The selected search filters are deleted.

For example:

If there are five previous search filters selected and you click on the third filter - filters three, four and five are all cleared.

You may now search again on your original search results from filters one and two.  

Note: The Clear Current Filter can also be used to clear the screen you're working on if you've made a selection error.

 

Change Current Filter

When you have multiple filters present you have the option to select and clear any one of them without having to use the Clear Current Filter in the order listed.

For example:  There are three filters in the sample below.  If you want to modify your search to remove just Filter #2 then highlight Filter #2 you will return to the Advanced Search Screen and Filter #2 will be your current filter.  Now you can hit Clear Current Filter to remove Filter #2.

 

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Search Not Returning Expected Results

 

If your search did not work, or did not return the results you expected:

  • Check the search filters displayed at the top of the page, you may have old search filters.
  • Check that the filters displayed next to the fields are the filters you wanted to use.
  • Be sure you entered the correct search criteria.
  • Due to the number of possible search combinations that can be selected at the same time, it is possible that there are no occurrences that match all your selected criteria.
  • If your search returned all the MINFILE records in the database:

 

  • Be sure you clicked a mandatory search filter (AND/OR) before clicking Search.

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C.  Search Results

 

This page returns the results requested in the search. The criteria used in the search appears in a table at the top of the page.

If more than one record is found that matches the search criteria, all the records are returned.

The following fields are returned with every search:

MINFILE Number
Names
Status
Commodities
NTS Maps
Latitude/Longitude
Deposit Types

 

 

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Viewing Records

Viewing MINFILE Records

From the Search Results Summary screen you have the option to:

1.  View a summary of the record by clicking on the MINFILE number.  From the MINFILE Record Summary you have the option to view or print individual MINFILE detail reports.

2.  View a complete report of the record by clicking on the first MINFILE name;

3.  In the Status column, click on Inventory Report or Production Report to get a full report on inventory or production.  If there is no report indicated in this column for inventory or production then that means that there is no inventory or production data for that specific record.

4.  View the record on a map in the MapPlace by clicking on the Latitude/Longitude coordinates.

5.  Click Refine your search to search again on your previous search results.  You are returned to your previous search tab with all your search criteria saved.  Select additional search criteria(s) and click Search again. 

OR

6.  Click New Search to start a new search.  You are returned to your previous search tab with all search criteria deleted.  You are ready to start a new search.


Viewing Multiple Pages

Ten records are shown on the page at one time.

Tab through the pages using the Next 10, Prev 10, First Page, and Last Page hyperlinks at the bottom of the screen.

To view all records on one page select Show all Records.

To return to viewing ten records at a time select Show 10 Records.


Sorting the Search Results

You can sort or re-sort your search results by any of the field headings.

Click the field heading to sort by the selected field.

To reverse the order of the sort click the field heading again.


Multiple Searches

From the MINFILE Search Results page you can return to the search tabs and refine your search by adding new criteria and filters.

If you are in Advanced Search click Modify Filters.

If you are in Basic Search click Refine Search.

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Boolean Logic with Advanced Search

MINFILE Advanced Search uses Boolean Logic Operators (AND, OR, NOT) to perform its searches. These operators allow complex, specific searches to be constructed. Many data fields can be included or excluded to help refine searches as the client desires. As the filter fields are added, the number of “hits” is marked at the beginning of the line. It is possible to zero the hits and this is where the Clear Current Filter(s) button is useful.  Note that the number of results is only displayed after clicking Search.

Filter mechanics:

In order to include a field in the search filter the AND, OR buttons must be clicked. Also, the NOT check box must be selected before the AND or OR button is clicked.

The operators have specific hierarchy. AND is the first operator evaluated, OR is the second and NOT is the third. Also, the MINFILE search filter is read from left to right and the operators are evaluated in order. Note that the search criteria look to the available number of occurrences and this is especially critical when using the OR operator.

The Search button, when clicked, acts in a similar fashion to brackets in a logic statement. e.g.: (A +B) + C is the same as A AND B Search AND C Search. Also, once the search is completed, the next set of conditions will search only the subset of data. This is useful when trying to reduce the total number of results wanted. However, this also requires that complex searches be planned ahead to achieve the desired results.

The Clear buttons remove either the current filter string or all filters. In the case of clear current filter, it is removed and the dataset is returned to the previous subset, if present. Clear all filters removes everything and resets the searches to the full MINFILE database.

Examples:

Filter: AND [field1], AND [field2]
will list all occurrences where both [fields1 & 2] are present at the same

Filter: AND [field1], OR [field2]
will list all occurrences where one or the other [field] is present

Filter: AND [field1], AND NOT [field2]
will list all occurrences where both the first [field1] is present and the second field [field2] is not present.

Filter: AND [field1], OR NOT [field2]
will list all occurrences where the first [field1] is present as well as all occurrences where the second field [field2] is not present.

Refining the searches

When creating search filters, the fields are selected and placed into one line. When the search string is executed, by clicking Search, a subset of data is created. The next search uses only the subset of data and so works the same way as a bracket does in classic Boolean Logic. This is useful when doing searches to narrow down the possible hits to a workable amount.

Examples: Find the Kemess mine through a Producers / Past Producers search

Search criteria as a single filter:

A) AND Producer,
B) OR Past Producer,
C) AND Kemess
Search
80 results - all producers (with Kemess included because it happens to be a producer)
Logic = {A or [B + C]}

How this search worked

This search accessed the whole of the MINFILE database for each logical operator. It looked for all mineral occurrences that were listed as a producer, condition A) - "AND" Producer, which yields 80 occurrences. The logical "OR" operator caused a search on the whole MINFILE database again to look for all occurrences that were listed as Past Producer AND Kemess. In this case there are 1954 past producers and four listed as Kemess however there are none that list both conditions simultaneously. The final result is the list of current producers, 80 occurrences. Kemess is a Producer, so happens to fall into the results listed but is not specifically selected.

Same search criteria using the search function to reduce the data evaluated:

A) AND Producer,
B) OR Past Producer,
[Search]
C) AND Kemess
Search
1 result – Kemess South is the desired result.
Logic = {A or B} + {C}


Explanation of how this search worked

This search started with the whole of the MINFILE database accessed for all occurrences that are either a Producer, condition A) or a Past Producer, condition B). Clicking Search executed the filter and the result is a subset of 2034 mineral occurrences. The Second filter line, condition C) – Kemess, then accessed the reduced dataset and came up with one result, the Kemess Mine. Note again that there are four occurrences with the name Kemess but by parsing out the undesired occurrences in the first filter line, the desired result was quickly established.

 

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D. Identification Location Tab Searches
Searching - Basic Identification Location Tab

 

The Identification tab is where you search by the MINFILE name, MINFILE number, status or location (using map numbers or latitude and longitude coordinates).

Identification
 

Field

Description

MINFILE Name

Enter the MINFILE name or partial MINFILE name.

For partial MINFILE names the search will locate all names beginning with the partial name entered (Or letter, if you only enter one letter).

Sample MINFILE name basic search

Each mineral occurrence in the MINFILE database may have up to sixteen different names, again in descending order of importance. When searching by MINFILE name, the system considers all sixteen entries for each occurrence. This means that a search on the name Goldstream Bridge and a search on the name Bentley will select the same occurrence (092B 067) because the occurrence is known by both names.

There is often some overlap of names. You may find that numerous MINFILE occurrences have (as one of their names) the same name as the one for which you are searching. For example, there may be 41 occurrences which contain Bonanza in their name lists. Of these, 25 have the name Bonanza and 16 have Bonanza as part of their name (for example, Bonanza Lode and Bonanza Queen). All of these will be found searching on the name Bonanza.

If you do not know the entire name of an occurrence, you can search the database using only part of the name. For example, for an occurrence called Blueberry, you might enter only 'Blu'. All occurrences that begin with the letters "Blu", including Blueberry, Bluebell, and so on, will be selected in the search.
 

MINFILE Number

Enter a MINFILE number, a range of MINFILE numbers, or a range of partial MINFILE numbers to search on.

The second text box is autofilled with the number entered. This allows you to search on one MINFILE number quickly and easily.

NOTE:  If you want specific MINFILE numbers you need to fill all nine spaces in the MINFILE Number blank (e.g. 114P__045, 082ENW025). 

To search on a range of numbers (or partial numbers) enter the new number in the second box. 

NOTE: Otherwise you can enter partial numbers, for example enter '092J' TO "092K" to select the range where all the occurrences that have 092J as the first 4 numbers will result.  When searching a range of numbers the results will include all the records up to, but not including the number entered in the second box (in this example 092K would not appear in the results).

If the second text box is left blank  - your search results will include all MINFILE numbers starting with the first number entered to the last number in the whole data base.
 

Status

Select a status from the list box.
Location

Field

Description

BCGS Map

 

Select the BCGS Map number(s) from the list box.

OR

To search on one BCGS Map number - enter the complete BCGS Map number in the text box. The search will return all records that have that BCGS Map number.

To search on a range of BCGS Map numbers - enter a partial BCGS Map number in the text box.

For example: Entering 082 in the text box will return all records with BCGS Map numbers that begin with 082.
 

NTS Map

Select the NTS Map number(s) from the list box.

OR

To search on one NTS Map number - enter the complete NTS Map number in the text box. The search will return all records that have that NTS Map number.

To search on a range of NTS Map numbers - enter a partial NTS Map number in the text box.  For example: Entering 082 in the text box will return all records with NTS Map numbers that begin with 082.

NOTE:  This function may be used to search for NTS map sheets with scales of 1:25,000 (for example NTS 094H05E). When searching by NTS map sheet number, ensure that ALL digits are entered to the desired scale. 
 

Latitude

To search for a specific latitude or a range of latitude points select an area or 'bounding box' using two coordinate points.

To search on a specific latitude enter the complete number in both text boxes.
 

 

 

To search on a range of coordinates enter the range or partial range in the from and to boxes.

 

 

 

The valid range in British Columbia is 48 degrees to 60 degrees.

NOTE:  You must enter at least one value in both the 'from' and 'to' boxes. Searches by latitude and longitude may be general (searching across a wide range of each) or specific (looking for specific coordinates).
 

Longitude

 

 

To search for a specific longitude or a range of longitude points select an area or 'bounding box' using two coordinate points.

To search on a specific longitude enter the complete number in both text boxes.

 

 

To search on a range of coordinates enter the range or partial range in the from and to boxes.

 

 

The valid range in British Columbia is 114 degrees to 140 degrees.

NOTE:  You must enter at least one value in both the 'from' and 'to' boxes. Searches by latitude and longitude may be general (searching across a wide range of each) or specific (looking for specific coordinates).
 

NAD

Select either NAD 27 or NAD 83.

Datums:
NAD 27 (North American Datum 1927) is a geodetic reference system for North and Central America based on the Clarke 1886 reference ellipsoid point and a datum point known as Meade's Ranch in Kansas. The system originated in 1927, and was used into the early 1960's, when distortions and errors caused by distance and geographical formations became evident.  

NAD 83 (North American Datum 1983) is an international project to recompute and readjust the coordinates and datum for North and Central America in order to correct the errors in NAD 27.  NAD 83 is based on an earth-centred ellipsoid with no single datum point.  The system is internally consistent, and the positioning of the control networks is determined by a combination of satellite data and terrestrial observations. The Province of British Columbia officially adopted NAD 83 in 1990.

When converting from NAD 27 to NAD 83, geographic and mapping plane coordinates change significantly by +0.1 to -1.1 arc-seconds in latitude and by +3.5 to +6.7 arc-seconds in longitude depending on the location in B.C.  UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) coordinates will also shift from +175 to +215 metres in Northings and from -75 to -120 metres in Eastings.

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Searching - Advanced Identification Location Tab

Identification
 

Field

Description

MINFILE Name

Enter the MINFILE name or partial MINFILE name.

If a partial name or letter is entered - the search will return all names beginning with the partial name or letter entered.

Sample MINFILE Name Advanced Search

MINFILE Number

Enter a MINFILE number, a partial MINFILE number or a range of MINFILE numbers to search on.

When you enter a MINFILE number in the 'from' box the 'to' box is autofilled with the number entered. This allows you to search on one MINFILE number quickly and easily.

To search on a range of numbers manually enter the second number in the 'to' box.

If the 'to' box is left blank  - your search will return all  MINFILE numbers from the number entered.

Sample MINFILE Number Advanced Search

NMIN

Enter a NMIN number (National Mineral Inventory Number).

Status

Select one or more status types from the list box.

NOTE:  Each MINFILE occurrence is assigned one of seven status designations.

The Anomaly status designation will not contain any occurrences from the distributed MINFILE database. This designation is meant to be a holding place for temporary occurrences or occurrences of interest that do not have documented in-situ mineralization.
 

Mining Method

Select a mining method from the list box.

Region

Select a region from the list box.

Location
 

Field

Description

Latitude

To search for a specific latitude or a range of latitude points select an area or 'bounding box' using two coordinate points.

To search on a specific latitude enter the complete number in both text boxes.

 

 

To search on a range of coordinates enter the range or partial range in the 'from' and 'to' boxes.

 

 

 

The valid range in British Columbia is 48 degrees to 60 degrees.

NOTE:  You must enter at least one value in both the 'from' and 'to' boxes. Searches by latitude and longitude may be general (searching across a wide range of each) or specific (looking for specific coordinates).
 

Longitude

To search for a specific longitude or a range of longitude points select an area or 'bounding box' using two coordinate points.

To search on a specific longitude enter the complete number in both text boxes.

 

 

To search on a range of coordinates enter the range or partial range in the from and to boxes.

 

 

The valid range in British Columbia is 114 degrees to 140 degrees.

NOTE:  You must enter at least one value in both the 'from' and 'to' boxes. Searches by latitude and longitude may be general (searching across a wide range of each) or specific (looking for specific coordinates).
 

NAD

NAD 83 is the default.

To search on NAD 27 coordinates click the NAD 27 radio button.

NOTE:  The UTM search requires minimum and maximum values.

Datums:
NAD 27 (North American Datum 1927) is a geodetic reference system for North and Central America based on the Clarke 1886 reference ellipsoid point and a datum point known as Meade's Ranch in Kansas. The system originated in 1927, and was used into the early 1960's, when distortions and errors caused by distance and geographical formations became evident.  

NAD 83 (North American Datum 1983) is an international project to recompute and readjust the coordinates and datum for North and Central America in order to correct the errors in NAD 27.  NAD 83 is based on an earth-centred ellipsoid with no single datum point.  The system is internally consistent, and the positioning of the control networks is determined by a combination of satellite data and terrestrial observations. The Province of British Columbia officially adopted NAD 83 in 1990.

When converting from NAD 27 to NAD 83, geographic and mapping plane coordinates change significantly by +0.1 to -1.1 arc-seconds in latitude and by +3.5 to +6.7 arc-seconds in longitude depending on the location in B.C.  UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) coordinates will also shift from +175 to +215 metres in Northings and from -75 to -120 metres in Eastings.
 

UTM Zone

Select a UTM zone from the list box.

The valid range in British Columbia is between 7 and 11.  The UTM search requires minimum and maximum values for the northing and easting fields.

NOTE:  These searches are similar to latitude/longitude searches. If you would like to search for occurrences using Universal Transverse Mercator coordinates, please ensure that the values you enter are valid for searching the data. Searches must be made within a single UTM Zone.
 

Northing

Enter the Northing number, a partial number or a range of numbers to search on.

When you enter a Northing number in the 'from' box the 'to' box is autofilled with the number entered. This allows you to search on one number quickly and easily.

To search on a range of numbers manually enter the second number in the 'to' box.

The valid range in British Columbia is from 5350000 to 6652000.

Easting

Enter the Easting number, a partial number or a range of numbers to search on.

When you enter an Easting number in the 'from' box the 'to' box is autofilled with the number entered. This allows you to search on one number quickly and easily.

To search on a range of numbers manually enter the second number in the 'to' box.

The valid range in British Columbia is from 290000 to 710000.

Electoral District

Select an electoral district from the list box.

Forest District

Select a forest district from the list box.

NTS Map

On this search you will see two distinct NTS Map searches.  The first option (NTS Map) allows for you to select an NTS map number from the list box.

-OR-

The second option (NTS Map     Like) allows for you to search on a range of NTS Map numbers - by entering a partial NTS Map number in the text box.

To search on one NTS Map number - enter the complete NTS Map number in the text box. The search will return all records that have that NTS Map number.

For example: Entering 082 in the text box will return all records with NTS Map numbers that begin with 082.  Entering 104A will return all records with NTS Map numbers that begin with 104A.

NOTE:  This function may be used to search for NTS map sheets with scales from 1:1,000,000 (for example NTS 094), ranging to 1:25,000 (for example NTS 094H05E). When searching by NTS map sheet number, ensure that ALL digits are entered to the desired scale. For example, enter '092', not '92'. If only two digits are entered where three are needed, the search will be unsuccessful.
 

BCGS Map

Select a BCGS map number from the list box.

-OR-

To search on one BCGS Map number - enter the complete BCGS Map number in the text box. The search will return all records that have that BCGS Map number.

To search on a range of BCGS Map numbers - enter a partial BCGS Map number in the text box.

For example: Entering 082 in the text box will return all records with BCGS Map numbers that begin with 082.

Mining Division

Select the mining division from the list box.

NOTE:  A listing of valid Mining Division codes can be found in Appendix A of this manual.
 

Elevation

Enter the numeric elevation to search on (in metres).

Location Certainty

Select a location certainty from the list box.

Field Check

Select the field check radio button to search on occurrences that have been field checked.

The default is not field checked.

Location Comments

Search on location comments by entering search keywords or partial keywords in the text box.

Keywords can be

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.

NOTE: When searching comments by keyword or partial keywords your search results will include every record that has the word or partial word anywhere in a sentence.

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E.   Mineral Occurrence Tab Search

Searching - Basic Mineral Occurrence Tab

The Mineral Occurrence tab allows you to search by commodity, mineralogy and alteration, deposit
character, classification and type (based on BC Mineral Deposit Profiles).

Mineral Occurrence
 

Field

Description

Commodity

Select a commodity from the list box.

Use Ctrl-Click to select multiple commodities.

NOTE:  The commodity list for each occurrence is arranged in descending order of importance. In the database, commodities are stored in order of importance even though the searches are not designed to recognize this order.  For each occurrence, there may be numerous commodities listed; the Primary Commodity would be at the head of the list.  A list of these codes can be found in Appendix B of this manual.  Commodity grades for precious metals are expressed in grams per metric tonne, while grades for other commodities are expressed in percentages.

Minerals

Field

Description

Significant

Select a significant mineral to search on from the list box (e.g. Chalcopyrite).

Use Ctrl-Click to select multiple significant minerals.

Associated

Select a mineral that may be associated with a significant mineral (e.g. quartz).

Use Ctrl-Click to select multiple associated minerals.

Alteration

Select an alteration mineral from the list box (e.g. chlorite).

Use Ctrl-Click to select multiple mineral alterations.

Deposit

Field

Description

Deposit Code

-OR-

Description

Select either a deposit code or a deposit description from the list box.

Character

Select a deposit character from the list box.

Use Ctrl-Click to select multiple deposit characters.

NOTE:  This data is also ranked in descending order of importance, with up to 4 entries in each of the Character categories. The search on Character will bring up all results for that character type no matter what the rank in an occurrence.
 

Classification

Select either a deposit classification from the list box.

Use Ctrl-Click to select multiple deposit classifications.

NOTE:  This data is also ranked in descending order of importance, with up to 4 entries in each of the Classification categories. The search on Classification will bring up all results for that classification type no matter what the rank in an occurrence.
 

Age of Mineralization

Select the mineralization age from the list box.

Use Ctrl-Click to select multiple mineralization ages.

NOTE:  The Stratigraphic Age Codes are listed in Appendix D of this manual.

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Searching - Advanced Mineral Occurrence

The Mineral Occurrence tab allows you to search by commodity, mineralogy, alteration, deposit character, classification and type (based on BC Mineral Deposit Profiles).
 

 

 

 

Advanced Search Quick Tips

1.  Always select or enter the search criteria first, before selecting a filter.

2.  Select an optional filter (Primary / Not).

      - Select the Primary check box if only searching on primary.
      - Select the Not check box to exclude the criteria from the search.

3.  Select a mandatory filter (And / Or).
      -
Click And to search for the criteria specified.
      - Click Or to search for either field specified when searching multiple criteria.

4.  Then click Search.

Note: For every search criteria selected, the mandatory search filter is required.

 

Mineral Occurrence

 

Field Description

Commodity

Select a commodity from the list box.

NOTE:  The commodity list for each occurrence is arranged in descending order of importance. In the database, commodities are stored in order of importance even though the searches are not designed to recognize this order.  For each occurrence, there may be numerous commodities listed; the Primary Commodity would be at the head of the list.  A list of these codes can be found in Appendix B of this manual.  Commodity grades for precious metals are expressed in grams per metric tonne, while grades for other commodities are expressed in percentages.

Minerals
 

Field

Description

Significant

Select a significant mineral to search on from the list box (e.g. chalcopyrite).

Associated

Select a mineral that may be associated with a significant mineral (e.g. quartz).

Alteration

Select an alteration mineral from the list box (e.g. chlorite).

Alteration Type

Select an alteration type from the list box.

Age of Mineralization

Select an age of mineralization from the list box.

Deposit
 

Field

Description

Character

Select a deposit character from the list box.

Select the character rank from the list box.

If rank is not selected - the default is any rank.

Classification

Select the deposit classification from the list box.

Select the classification rank from the list box.

If rank is not selected - the default is any rank.

Isotopic Age

Enter the isotopic age in the text box.

Material Dated

Enter the material dated information in the text box.

Dating Method

Select a dating method from the list box.

Deposit Type

Select a deposit type from the list box.

NOTE:  This data is also ranked in descending order of importance, with up to 4 entries for each occurrence. The Primary search will search on the Deposit Type ranked as the most important and listed first.

A complete list of the Deposit Types, which are based on the BC Geological Survey's Mineral Deposit Profiles, is included in Appendix E.

Shape of Deposit

Select a deposit shape from the list box.

Shape Modifier

Select a deposit modifier from the list box.

Deposit Dimension

Enter the exact deposit dimensions to search on. (Must be numeric).

If you only enter one dimension field to search on the other fields will automatically default to zeros.

Example: Entering from 100 to 200 degrees

 

 

Will default to:

 

 

NOTE:  The search will NOT return all records that fall within that range. Only records that fall in between 100 and 200 degrees AND have matching zero minutes and seconds. In this search example a record with deposit dimensions of 180x0x0 will be returned but not a record with dimensions of 175x85x50.

Degrees, minutes and seconds are each separate ranges within the search.

Attitude Strike

Enter the attitude strike in the text box.

Attitude Dip

Enter the attitude dip in the text box.

Attitude Trend

Enter the attitude trend in the text box.

Attitude Plunge

Enter the attitude plunge in the text box.

Mineral Occurrence Comments

Search on mineral occurrence comments by entering search keywords or partial keywords in the text box.

 

Keywords can be

 

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

Keywords must be separated by a comma (,).

NOTE:  When searching comments by keyword or partial keywords your search results will include every record that has the word or partial word anywhere in a sentence.

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F.  Host Rock Tab Search

 

Searching - Basic Host Rock Tab

The Host Rock Tab allows you to search by one or more rock types, rock modifiers, formal hosts, informal hosts and stratigraphic age.

NOTE:  Mineral occurrences often have a stratigraphic host and an associated plutonic host. See Appendix D for a complete list of Stratigraphic Host codes.

 

Host Rock
 

Field

Description

Rock Type

Select one or more rock types from the list box.

Use Ctrl-Click to make multiple selections.

Rock Modifier

Select one or more rock modifiers from the list box.

Use Ctrl-Click to make multiple selections. 

Formal Host

Select a Formal Host from the list box.

Use Ctrl-Click to make multiple selections.

Informal Host

Select an Informal Host from the list box.

Use Ctrl-Click to make multiple selections.

Stratigraphic Age

Select a Stratigraphic Age from the list box.

Use Ctrl-Click to make multiple selections.


NOTE:  The Stratigraphic Age Codes are listed in Appendix D of this manual.


Searching - Advanced Host Rock Tab


NOTE:  Many mineral occurrences often a stratigraphic host and an associated plutonic host. See Appendix D for a complete list of
Stratigraphic Host codes.
 
 

 

 

Advanced Search Quick Tips

1.  Always select or enter the search criteria first, before selecting a filter.

2.  Select an optional filter (Primary / Not).

      - Select the Primary check box if only searching on primary.
      - Select the Not check box to exclude the criteria from the search.

3.  Select a mandatory filter (And / Or).
      -
Click And to search for the criteria specified.
      - Click Or to search for either field specified when searching multiple criteria.

4.  Then click Search.

Note: For every search criteria selected, the mandatory search filter is required.

 
Host Rock
 

Field

Description

Dominant Host

Select a dominant host from the list box.

 

Lithologies

 

Field

Description

Rock Type

Select a rock type from the list box.

NOTE:  For a listing of acceptable rock-type codes, see Appendix C of this manual.

Modifier

Select a modifier from the list box.

NOTE:  A list of valid rock modifier codes is attached to the list of rock codes in Appendix C.

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Formal Host
 

Field

Description

Group

Select a group from the list box.

Formation

Select a formation from the list box.

Stratigraphic Age

Select a stratigraphic age from the list box.

Isotopic Age

Type the isotopic age into the text box.

Dating Method

Select a dating method from the list box.

Material Dated

Type the material dated into the text box.
 
Informal Host
 

Field

Description

Igneous/Metamorphic/Other

Select an igneous/metamorphic/other selection from the list box.

Stratigraphic Age

Select a stratigraphic age from the list box.

Isotopic Age

Type the isotopic age into the text box.

Dating Method

Select a dating method from the list box.

Material Dated

Type the material dated in the text box.

Host Rock Comments

Search on host rock comments by entering search keywords or partial keywords in the text box.

Keywords can be

 

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.

NOTE: When searching comments by keyword or partial keywords your search results will include every record that has the word or partial word anywhere in a sentence.

G.  Geological Settings Tab Search

 

Searching - Basic Geological Settings Tab

The Geological setting tab allows you to search by any combination of tectonic belt and terrane.

 

Geological Setting

 

Field

Description

Tectonic Belt

Select one or more tectonic belt checkboxes.

You may select as many as you want to search on.

Note: Selecting all checkboxes will return the entire database.

Terrane

Select one or more terrane from the list box.

Use Ctrl-Click to select multiple terranes.

NOTE:  The terrane codes are listed in Appendix A of this manual. (WARNING: some occurrences currently do not contain this information).

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Searching - Advanced Geological Settings Tab

 

 

 

Advanced Search Quick Tips

1.  Always select or enter the search criteria first, before selecting a filter.

2.  Select an optional filter (Primary / Not).

      - Select the Primary check box if only searching on primary.
      - Select the Not check box to exclude the criteria from the search.

3.  Select a mandatory filter (And / Or).
      -
Click And to search for the criteria specified.
      - Click Or to search for either field specified when searching multiple criteria.

4.  Then click Search.

Note: For every search criteria selected, the mandatory search filter is required.

 

Geological Setting

 

Field

Description

Tectonic Belt

Select a tectonic belt from the list box.

NOTE:  A list of these codes may be found in Appendix A of this manual. (WARNING: some occurrences currently do not contain this information).

Physiographic Region

Select a physiographic region from the list box.

NOTE:  A complete list of these codes may be found in Appendix A of this manual. (WARNING: some occurrences currently do not contain this information).

Terrane

Select a terrane from the list box.

 

Metamorphism

 

Field

Description

Type

Select a type from the list box.

Relationship

Select a relationship from the list box.

Metamorphic Grade

Select a metamorphic grade from the list box.

Geological Setting Comments

Search on geological setting comments by entering search keywords or partial keywords in the text box.

Keywords can be:

 

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.

NOTE: When searching comments by keyword or partial keywords your search results will include every record that has the word or partial word anywhere in a sentence.

H.   Inventory Tab Search

 

Searching - Basic Inventory Tab

Allows you to search by inventory data associated with an occurrence.

Inventory

 

Field

Description

Commodity

Select one or more commodities from the list box.  Use Ctrl-Click to make multiple selections.
 
A list of these codes can be found in Appendix B of this manual.  Commodity grades for precious metals are expressed in grams per metric tonne, while grades for other commodities are expressed in percentages.

Resource Categories

Select one or more resource category check boxes.  Use carriage return to input new search string.

Reserve Categories

Select one or more reserve category check boxes.  Use carriage return to input new search string.

Other

Select one or more other category check boxes.  Use carriage return to input new search string.

NOTE:  Selecting all the checkboxes will return all records that have inventory data.


Searching - Advanced Inventory Tab

 

 

 

Advanced Search Quick Tips

1.  Always select or enter the search criteria first, before selecting a filter.

2.  Select an optional filter (Primary / Not).

      - Select the Primary check box if only searching on primary.
      - Select the Not check box to exclude the criteria from the search.

3.  Select a mandatory filter (And / Or).
      -
Click And to search for the criteria specified.
      - Click Or to search for either field specified when searching multiple criteria.

4.  Then click Search.

Note: For every search criteria selected, the mandatory search filter is required.

 

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Inventory

 

Field

Description

Zone

Select a zone from the list box.

Year

Allows you to search for inventory for one year or for a range of years.

To search on only one year enter the year in both the 'from' and 'to' text boxes.

To search on a range of years; enter the first year in the 'from' text box, and enter the last year in the 'to' text box.
 

Category

Select a category from the list box.

Quantity

Allows you to search for inventory by a specific quantity or a quantity range.

To search on a specific quantity enter the quantity in both the 'from' and 'to' text boxes.

To search on a quantity range, enter the first figure in the 'from' text box, and enter the last figure in the 'to' text box.
 

Calculation

Select calculation A or B from the list box.

Report On

Select the report on checkbox to search on occurrences that have been reported on.

NI 43-101

Select the NI 43-101 checkbox to search on NI 43-101 occurrences.

NOTE:  See http://www.apgo.net/ni43-101.htm for further information on disclosing scientific and technical information about mineral projects.

Sample Type

Select a sample type from the list box.

Commodities/Grades
 

Field

Description

Commodity

Select a commodity from the list box. 

A list of these codes can be found in Appendix B of this manual.  Commodity grades for precious metals are expressed in grams per metric tonne, while grades for other commodities are expressed in percentages.

Grades

Enter the grade in the text box.

References

Enter references in the text box.

Inventory Comments

Enter inventory comments in the text box.

Keywords can be:

 

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.

NOTE: When searching comments by keyword or partial keywords your search results will include every record that has the word or partial word anywhere in a sentence.

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I.   Production Tab Search

Searching - Basic Production Tab

Search by production data associated with an occurrence.  The default is always 1900 to the present year which is the complete range of possible years.

 

Production

 

Field

Description

Commodity

Select one or more commodities from the list box.  Use Ctrl-Click to make multiple selections.

A list of these codes can be found in Appendix B of this manual.  Commodity grades for precious metals are expressed in grams per metric tonne, while grades for other commodities are expressed in percentages.
 

Year of Production

Select a year or a range of years to search on.

To search on only one year select the year in both the 'from' and 'to' list boxes.

To search on a range of years; select the first year in the from list box, and select the last year in the to list box.
 

Tonnes Mined / Milled Annually

Enter a specific number to search on, or search on a range of tonnes mined or milled annually.

To search on only one amount enter the figure in both the 'from' and 'to' text boxes.

To search on a range; enter the figures in the 'from' and 'to' text boxes.


Searching - Advanced Production Tab

Search by production data associated with an occurrence.  The default is always 1900 to the present year which
is the complete range of possible years.

 

 

 

Advanced Search Quick Tips

1.  Always select or enter the search criteria first, before selecting a filter.

2.  Select an optional filter (Primary / Not).

      - Select the Primary check box if only searching on primary.
      - Select the Not check box to exclude the criteria from the search.

3.  Select a mandatory filter (And / Or).
      -
Click And to search for the criteria specified.
      - Click Or to search for either field specified when searching multiple criteria.

4.  Then click Search.

Note: For every search criteria selected, the mandatory search filter is required.


Production
 

Field

Description

Production Year

Allows you to search for production for one year or for a range of years.

To search on only one year enter the year in both the 'from' and 'to' text boxes.

To search on a range of years enter the first year in the 'from' text box, and enter the last year in the 'to' text box.
 

Tonnes Mined

Allows you to search for tonnes mined by a specific quantity or a quantity range.

To search on a specific quantity enter the quantity in both the 'from' and 'to' text boxes.

To search on a quantity range, enter the first figure in the 'from' text box, and enter the last figure in the 'to' text box.
 

Tonnes Milled

Allows you to search for tonnes milled by a specific quantity or a quantity range.

To search on a specific quantity enter the quantity in both the 'from' and 'to' text boxes.

To search on a quantity range, enter the first figure in the 'from' text box, and enter the last figure in the 'to' text box.
 

Commodity

Select the commodity from the list box.

NOTE:  A list of these codes can be found in Appendix B of this manual.

Recovered

Enter quantity recovered in the text box.

Production Comments

Search on production comments by entering search keywords or partial keywords in the text box.

Keywords can be:

 

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.

NOTE: When searching comments by keyword or partial keywords your search results will include every record that has the word or partial word anywhere in a sentence.

 

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J.  Capsule Geology and Bibliography Tab Search

Searching - Basic Capsule Geology and Bibliography

The Bibliography and Capsule Geology tab allows you to enter keywords to search on any occurrence
comment in the MINFILE database.

 You can search for comments in:

 

  • Capsule Geology
  • Bibliography
  • Identification
  • Structural   
  • Significant Mineral  
  • Associated Mineral   
  • Alteration Mineral
  • Host Rock
  • Geological Setting
  • Inventory/Reference
  • Production

Type one or more search keywords into the appropriate text boxes. Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.

 

Keywords can be words, partial words, numbers, dates, abbreviations or any combination.

For example:  Searching on quartz in the geological comments will return every record that has quartz anywhere in a sentence, in the geological comments.  The broader or more general the comment keywords; the more results will be returned.
 

Capsule Geology
 
Field Description

Capsule Geology

Search on Capsule Geology comments by entering search keywords or partial keywords in the text box.

Keywords can be:

 

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.

For example:

Searching on quartz in the geological comments will return every record that has the word quartz anywhere in a sentence.

Note: When searching comments by keyword or partial keywords your search results will include every record that has the word or partial word anywhere in a sentence.

The broader or more general the comment keywords; the more results will be returned.


Bibliography
 
Field Description

Bibliography

Search on Bibliography comments by entering search keywords or partial keywords in the text box.

Keywords can be

 

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.

Note: When searching comments by keyword or partial keywords your search results will include every record that has the word or partial word anywhere in a sentence.

The broader or more general the comment keywords; the more results will be returned.


Comments
 
Field Description

Comments for - Identification, Structural, Significant, Associated, Alteration, Host Rock, Geological Setting, Inventory/Reference, or Production

Search on any comment field by entering search keywords or partial keywords in the text box.

Keywords can be

 

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

For all text boxes, enter Keywords to search.  Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.  Do not use quotes on text searches unless you are searching for them as part of the text itself.

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Searching - Advanced Capsule Geology and Bibliography

The Bibliography and Capsule Geology tab allows you to enter keywords to search on any occurrence database comment.  From this tab, you can search for comments in Capsule Geology and Bibliography.
 

 

 

 

Advanced Search Quick Tips

1.  Always select or enter the search criteria first, before selecting a filter.

2.  Select an optional filter (Primary / Not).

      - Select the Primary check box if only searching on primary.
      - Select the Not check box to exclude the criteria from the search.

3.  Select a mandatory filter (And / Or).
      -
Click And to search for the criteria specified.
      - Click Or to search for either field specified when searching multiple criteria.

4.  Then click Search.

Note: For every search criteria selected, the mandatory search filter is required.


Capsule Geology
 
Field Description

Capsule Geology

Search on Capsule Geology comments by entering search keywords or partial keywords in the text box.

Keywords can be:

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.

For example:

Searching on quartz in the geological comments will return every record that has the word quartz anywhere in a sentence.

Note: When searching comments by keyword or partial keywords your search results will include every record that has the word or partial word anywhere in a sentence.

The broader or more general the comment keywords; the more results will be returned.


Bibliography
 
Field Description

Bibliography

Search on Bibliography comments by entering search keywords or partial keywords in the text box.

Keywords can be

  • words
  • partial words
  • numbers
  • dates
  • abbreviations
  • any combination of the above

Keywords not in a string have to be entered as separate filters, a comma will not work in this field.

Note: When searching comments by keyword or partial keywords your search results will include every record that has the word or partial word anywhere in a sentence.

The broader or more general the comment keywords; the more results will be returned.

K.   Import Numbers Tab Search

 

Searching - Basic & Advanced Import Numbers Tab

A list of MINFILE numbers can be imported into your search for downloading or reporting on a specific set of MINFILE occurrences. Note: The file must be a text file (.txt extension).

You can also key your own typed list into the "Import the Following MINFILE Numbers" box.  Note: The numbers must be entered vertically in a columnar fashion, no commas. 
Eg.   104B  001
        104B  005
        104B  021

To import a file from your computer or network:

1.  Click Browse to search for the file on your computer or network location.
2.  A Choose file windows search box opens.

 

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3.  Search your folders for the text file to import.
4.  Click the file to select it.
5.  Click Open.
6.  The windows search box closes and the file name appears in the import field field.
7.  To import the file click Import File.
8.  The imported numbers file is displayed in the "Import the Following MINFILE Numbers" text box.

 

 

9.  If necessary make any changes or edits to the numbers list.
10. Click Search.

The search will return only the MINFILE records entered.

 

L.  Sample MINFILE Name Basic Search

 

To search for one MINFILE Name:

Enter the exact Name in the MINFILE Name text box.

Click Search.

In this example 'Bonanza' was entered.

NOTE: MINFILE names may be entered in upper or lower case (or any combination).

 

 

The search returns all records that have the MINFILE name of Bonanza.
 

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Enter a partial MINFILE name in the MINFILE Name text box.

Click Search.

In this example 'bon' was entered.

NOTE: MINFILE names may be entered in upper or lower case (or any combination).

 

 

The search returns all records that have MINFILE names beginning with 'bon'.

 

 

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M.  Sample MINFILE Advanced Searches

 

By MINFILE Name, MINFILE Number or Commodity

To search for an exact MINFILE Name:

1.  Select the Identification/Location Tab.
2.  Enter the exact name in the MINFILE Name text box.  In this example 'blue jay' was entered.
3.  Click And (Mandatory search filter).
4.  The MINFILE name entered is displayed to the right of the name text box.
5.  Click Search.

NOTE: MINFILE names may be entered in upper or lower case (or any combination).

 

The search returns all records that have the MINFILE name 'Blue Jay'.

 

To search for a partial MINFILE Name:

1.  Select the Identification/Location Tab.
2.  Enter a partial name in the MINFILE Name text box.  In this example 'blue' was entered.
3.  Click And (Mandatory search filter).
4.  The MINFILE name entered is displayed to the right of the name text box.
5.  Click Search.

NOTE: MINFILE names may be entered in upper or lower case (or any combination).

 

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The search returns all records that have the MINFILE name Blue or MINFILE names beginning with Blue.

In this example 180 records are returned. The name Blue, or a name starting with Blue occurs at least once in each MINFILE record returned. Example: Blue, Blue Jay, Blue Hawk, Blueberry.

To search for a primary MINFILE Name:

1.  Select the Identification/Location Tab.
2.  Enter the exact name in the MINFILE Name text box.  In this example 'blue jay' was entered.
3.  Select the Primary checkbox (Optional search filter).
4.  Click And (Mandatory search filter).
4.  The MINFILE name and primary filter selected are displayed to the right of the name text box.
5.  Click Search.

 

 

The search returns only the records that have 'Blue Jay' as the primary MINFILE name. In this example only 7 records have the primary MINFILE name of Blue Jay.

 

  


To search for one MINFILE Number:

1.  Select the Identification/Location Tab.
2.  Type the number in the first MINFILE Number text box.  NOTE:  If the MINFILE number includes spaces - the exact number of spaces
       must be entered.  In this example we entered '093L  096'.
3.  Click in the 'To' text box.  The 'To' text box is automatically filled with the number entered in the first text box.
4.  Click And (Mandatory search filter).
5.  The MINFILE number entered is displayed to the right of the commodity list box.
6.  Click Search.

 

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The search will return only the record specified.

 

 

To search for a range of MINFILE numbers:

To search on a range of MINFILE numbers you can enter complete MINFILE numbers in the 'to' and 'from' text boxes or enter partial numbers.

For example entering '082' to '083' will return all records between 082 and 083.

1.  Select the Identification/Location Tab.
2.  Type the MINFILE number in the first MINFILE Number text box.
3.  When you click in the 'To' text box the text box is automatically filled with the number entered in the first text box.
4.  Click And (Mandatory search filter).
5.  The MINFILE number entered is displayed to the right of the commodity list box.
6.  Click Search.

 

 

The search will return all records beginning with a number greater than 082 but less than 083.

In this example the search returned all records beginning with 082ENE001 and ending with 082O  003.

 

 

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To search for one commodity:

1.  Select the Mineral Occurrence Tab.
2.  Select a commodity from the list box.  In this example 'Lead' was selected.
3.  Click And (Mandatory search filter).
4.  The selected commodity is displayed to the right of the commodity list box.
5.  Click Search.
6.  The MINFILE Search Results screen displays the records found.

 

 

N.  To Continue Searching on Previous Search Results

 

From the MINFILE Search Results screen:

1.  Click Return to Search.
2.  You are returned to the previous Search tab.  In this example you return to the Mineral Occurrence tab.
3.  Select another commodity from the list box.  In the example 'Zinc' was selected.
4.  Click And (Mandatory search filter).
5.  Both commodities selected are displayed to the right of the commodity list box.
6.  Click Search.

 

 

The MINFILE Search Results screen shows

  • The first search filter with number of records found.
  • The second search filter with number of records found.

 

 

NOTE: The MINFILE database is frequently updated, so your search results may not always be identical to the results found in the sample searches.