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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

GeoFile 2007-2: 
Belt-Purcell Metallogenic Data and Map

by D.G. MacIntyre
D.G. MacIntyre and Associates Ltd.


Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-3)


GeoFile Components:

  1. ESRI Shape Files:
      Geoscience Map 1995-1: Geographic Projection (ZIP, 1.1 MB)
      Geoscience Map 1995-1: UTM Projection (ZIP, 1.2 MB)
      Geoscience Map 2004-1: Geographic Projection (ZIP, 388 KB)
      Geoscience Map 2004-1: UTM Projection (ZIP, 391 KB)
      Southeast Geology: Geographic Projection (ZIP, 76.2 MB)
      Southeast Geology: UTM Projection (ZIP, 51.2 MB)
      MapPlace Layers: Geoscience Map 1995-1; Geoscience Map 2004-1
  2. Manifold GIS Map files:
      Geoscience Map 1995-1: Purcell Supergroup (ZIP, 30.8 MB)
      Geoscience Map 2004-1: Geology of the St Mary Map Sheet (ZIP, 2.1 MB)
      Southeast Geology (ZIP, 118.5 MB)
  3. KML Files for use in viewers such as Google Earth (ZIP, 483 KB)
  4. Belt-Purcell Metallogenic Map on MapPlace

Geofile 2007-2 presents GIS data and interactive map on the geology and mineral deposits of the Belt-Purcell Basin area of Southeast British Columbia. The data and map were compiled by D.G. MacIntyre and Associates Ltd. on contract to Natural Resources Canada as part of a Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-3) program, covering the Belt Purcell Basin and Kootenay Arc regions of southeastern B.C. This Geofile is the primary vehicle for distributing map based geoscience data and linking to the compilation map from this project.



Downloadable Datasets


A key objective of the Belt-Purcell project was to generate a series of GIS compatible data files that could be downloaded and incorporated into standard GIS software packages. The files are available as ESRI shape files because this format can be used in almost all commercially available GIS packages including ESRI’s free Arc Explorer. Two projections are currently available – UTM and Geographic. Also included for download is a Manifold GIS Map file that contains all of the layers used to build the Belt-Purcell metallogenic map. These include Manifold Map files from Geoscience Map 1995-1 and Geoscience Map 2004-1. Manifold also supports the creation of KLM files for use in viewers such as Google Earth. KML layers generated for the project area are: RGS silver, lead and zinc anomalies, Sedex deposits, and geology layers, including Upper, Lower and Middle Aldridge formation, Moyie Sills, faults and marker units.




Höy, T., Price, R.A., Legun, A., Grant, B. and Brown, D. (1995): Purcell Supergroup, Southeastern British Columbia, Geological Compilation Map (82G, F, E; 82J/SW, 82K/SE); B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, Geoscience Map 1995-1, scale 1:250,000.

Höy, T. and Jackaman, W. (2004): Geology of the St. Mary map sheet (NTS 82F/09); B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, Geoscience Map 2004-1, scale 1:50,000.


Tectonostratigraphic Map Purcell Supergroup (841KB in PDF), after Trygve Höy, Derek Brown and others, produced in MapInfo by Kennecott Canada Exploration Inc., April 19, 1999.  From Purcell Anticlinorium partnership to scan mineral Assessment Reports:

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