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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

GeoFile 2009-5:  Atlin-Taku Mineral Resource Assessment

by D.G. MacIntyre and W.E. Kilby, with contributions from Rob Duncan, Clive Aspinall, Meghan O'Donnell, Andre Panteleyev, Paul Wojdak, Mitch Mihalynuk, George Simandl, Kirk Hancock, Pat Desjardins, Larry Jones and Dave Lefebure 


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Click to view larger imageAt the request of the Integrated Land Management Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, the British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) undertook a Level 2 Mineral Resource Assessment of the Atlin-Taku land use planning area, which encompasses approximately four million hectares in northwestern British Columbia.  This work was done in September 2008 by eight experts with specific knowledge of the geology and mineral resources of the study area and two facilitators – D. MacIntyre and W. Kilby.  The primary purpose was to provide detailed up-to-date information on metallic and industrial mineral resource potential.  The final results were presented at a land-use planning workshop in Atlin in late November 2008.  Geofile 2009-5 provides a Summary Report on the methodology of the results, data tables, a Manifold Map, Metallic and Industrial Mineral Potential PDF maps, a Geology Map in PDF, Shape files, MINFILE reports, links to interactive data on MapPlace, and links to additional documents of mineral potential and deposit profiles.


This new mineral assessment updates an earlier Level 1 Mineral Resource Assessment completed in 1996 and includes new estimates for an expanded list of mineral deposit types.  The estimation methodology employed in the assessment was the same as that used in the earlier Level 1 assessment with the exception that known resources were not factored into the tract ranking schema.  A total of 67 tracts within the study area were given relative ranks that reflected their potential for the discovery of new metallic and industrial mineral resources in the future.  Highest ranked tracts for metallic mineral potential are those where the geologic framework is favourable for the presence of large tonnage, low grade porphyry copper, molybdenum, tungsten and gold deposits. 





Downloads, Maps and More Information:


Download Atlin-Taku Data Tables (ZIP, 255 KB): See list below

Download Manifold Map (ZIP, 37.1 MB)
View Metallic Mineral Potential map, Fig. 2 (PDF, 6.7 MB); Map Notes

View Geology Map, Fig. 3 (PDF, 911 KB)
View Industrial Mineral Potential map, Fig. 4 (PDF, 6.5 MB)

Download Shape Files (ZIP, 38 MB)
View Workshop Experts and Photos (PDF, 697 KB)
Download MINFILE, ARIS, and RGS tables (ZIP, 255 KB): See list below

View Geology with Tracts, and Geology Legend, Fig. 5 (PDF, 20.8 MB)

View Interactive Data in MapPlace


Data Tables: metallic mineral deposit model estimates by tract, metallic mineral tract rankings, industrial mineral deposit model estimates by tract, industrial mineral tract rankings, deposit models, mineral inventory, RDVS values, Resource Simulator Predicted Commodity Tonnages, Commodity Prices November 2008.


MINFILE, ARIS and RGS Tables and Reports: Mineral Occurrence, Mineral Production, Mineral Inventory, Mineral Inventory Values, Assessment Report Index, Regional Geochemical Survey data, Mineral Occurrence KMZ File, MINFILE Capsule Geology report, MINFILE Production report, MINFILE Inventory report.


Fieldwork: MacIntyre, D.G. and Kilby, W.E. (2009): Atlin-Taku Mineral Resource Assessment, northwestern British Columbia (NTS 104F, J, K, L, M, N): methodology and results; in Geological Fieldwork 2008, BC Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, Paper 2009-1, pages 45-53. (PDF, 1.8 MB)


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Mineral Potential Home Page




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