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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

GeoFile 2005-14: BC Rock Geochemical Database

by Ray Lett and Christine Ronning

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GeoFile 2005-15: BC Rock Geochemical Database Manual


GeoFile 2005-14 describes the BC Rock Geochemical Database. Since the 1970’s an estimated 200,000 lithogeochemical determinations and mineral identifications have been produced from the analysis of rock samples collected by Geological Survey geologists. While much of these data have been reported in British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines publications the lithogeochemical data has, until now, never been collected into a single database.  This project was initiated in 2004 by the BC Geological Survey (BCGS) to design and populate a geochemical database that will include all of the element analysis of rock samples carried out by the BCGS since the mid 1980’s.  Currently most of the data used are captured from BCGS files and reports.  GeoFile 2005-14 contains records for 9544 rock samples.


Geofile 2005-14 can be viewed through the BCGS Geology, Exploration Assistant and Mineral Titles maps of MapPlace.  The layer group Rock Geochemistry contains layers representing these data.  The Geochem Sample Location Lab ID Labels are viewable at a scale less than 1M.  There are two reports available with these layers: Rock Excel Dump and Rock Sample Report.  The Rock Sample Report can be sorted by the linked columns by clicking the heading.


All publications of the BC Geological Survey are available digitally, free of charge, from this website.


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