GeoFile 2009-1: Analytical Results from Investigations in the Chilanko Forks and Clusko River areas (NTS 093C/01,09S) within the Beetle Impacted Zone 2008
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GeoFile 2009-1 is part of an ongoing programme to help reduce the economic impact on communities within British Columbia that have been affected by the widespread infestation of Mountain Pine Beetle. The programme aims to promote mineral exploration in areas where logging is the dominant industry. Logging activity is expected to wane as the commercial value of the dead forests steadily declines.
The Clusko - Chezacut - Chilanko Forks areas were targeted for revision mapping because of relatively good logging road access and a historical lack of mineral exploration that we believed to be unwarranted. This viewpoint was validated with 2007 mapping in the Chezacut area, and supported by results from 2008 mapping in the Clusko River - Chilanko Forks area. Geological mapping demonstrated that rock exposures are more extensive than previously recognized, and that the economically uninteresting Chilcotin basalt cover is less extensive. Both observations provide incentive for future mineral exploration in the area.
GeoFile 2009-1 presents lithogeochemical data from rock samples collected with the Chilanko Forks and southern Clusko River map areas, which are located on British Columbia’s Fraser Plateau (part of the Interior Plateau physiographic region). For more details on the bedrock geology of the map area, please refer to: Geology, Geochronology and Mineralization of the Chilanko Forks to Southern Clusko River Area, West-Central British Columbia (NTS 093C/01, 08, 09S)1 and Open File 2009-6, Chilanko Forks Geology (NTS 093C/01)2 (both Mihalynuk et al., 2009).
1 Mihalynuk, M.G., Orovan, E.A., Friedman, R.M., Larocque, J. and Bachiu, T. (2009): Geology, Geochronology and Mineralization of the Chilanko Forks to Southern Clusko River Area, West-Central British Columbia (NTS 093C/01, 08, 09S); in Geological Fieldwork 2008, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Paper 2009-1
2 Mihalynuk, M.G., Orovan, E.A., Larocque, J., Bachiu, T. and Wardle, J. (2009): Chilanko Forks Geology (NTS 093C/01); BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Open File 2009-6
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