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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2011-2

Rare Metals in British Columbia


by A. Johal, B. Northcote and K. Hancock


View Information Circular 2011-2 (PDF, 2.3 MB)


This brochure briefly describes rare metal deposits in British Columbia, including the Aley, Upper Fir, Wicheeda, Carbo, Mount Copeland and Mount Bisson deposits.  It has a location map of selected rare metal deposits.


The MINFILE database lists over 90 rare metal occurrences hosted by carbonatites, nepheline syenites, rare element enriched pegmatites, skarns, massive sulphide deposits, sedimentary phosphate deposits and placer deposits.  In approximately 25 of these occurrences, rare metals are considered the primary commodities.  The recent surge in interest has added a number of new occurrences.  To date, only a handful of prospects are developed beyond very early stage exploration.


Other rare metal publications:

To create your own list of rare metal deposits, use the MINFILE/www SEARCH.