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GSB Publications Release Notifications for 2008

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2008-10

September 5, 2008
 
 

BC Geological Survey Website Redesign

 

The BC Geological Survey website is moving to a new design on Monday, November 24th.  This is part of a government-wide redesign project.

 

Due to the high number and complexity of our pages we anticipate some broken links or missing pages.  We are working to minimize disruption of service.  There may also be linking issues from maps and reports on MapPlace to the new website.

 

If you have an access problem please report it by sending an email with the webpage link (copy and paste from your browser) and brief note of the problem or link that is not working.

 

Send your emails to: 

 

Sarah.Meredith-Jones@gov.bc.ca

               (250) 387-5261        

 

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Geological.Survey@gov.bc.ca

 

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Most provincial geoscience data can be easily accessed over the internet in map format at:

www.MapPlace.ca and through various thematic pages at www.empr.gov.bc.ca/geology

 

Printed BC Geological Survey geoscience publications are available digitally, free of charge from this website.


Questions or to update your contact info please contact

Geological.Survey@gov.bc.ca

 

 

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2008-11a

November 24, 2008
 
 

New Publications, New Staff and a Successful Field Season


Publications

 

  • Cement – Reduction of CO2 Emissions – Sustainable Development (Supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) in British Columbia)
    GeoFile 2008-09, by G. Simandl and L. Simandl
  • Contribution to sustainability in cement and coal production, southwest British Columbia, Canada
    Information Circular 2008-02, by L. Simandl and C. J. Brûlé

BC Geological Survey News

 

  • Staffing: Interim Director, Geoscience Initiatives hired
  • Assessment Reports: 2008 field season highlights
  • Website redesign coming soon

 

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Publications

 

Cement – Reduction of CO2 Emissions – Sustainable Development (Supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) in British Columbia)
Geofile 2008-09
by G. Simandl and L. Simandl

 

This poster introduces the cement-making process, describes how CO2 is generated during Portland cement production, explains the blended cement concept and demonstrates how the increased use of blended cement results in substantial reductions of CO2 emissions.

 

Blended cement has chemical and physical properties similar to those of traditional Portland cement (the main cementitious material used to make concrete); however, it commonly consists of 10-30% (in some cases up to 50%) additives that require only low or no temperature calcining. These additives are supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) or natural pozzolans. They include fly ash, silica fumes, volcanic ash, scoria, pumice, silica sinter, metakaolin, slags, zeolites, diatomaceous earth, rice husk ash, calcined shale and a number of other materials. As a result, the production of blended cement requires the combustion of a smaller quantity of fossil fuel than Portland cement. The reduction in the use of Portland cement also lowers the level of raw material - related emissions emitted by calcination of limestone.

 

 

Contribution to Sustainability in Cement and Coal Production, southwest British Columbia, Canada
Information Circular 2008-02
by L. Simandl and C.J. Brûlé

 

This Information Circular presents ideas about the sustainable development of coal and cement raw materials in British Columbia. The study describes the chemical composition of the Quinsam coal mine rejects and demonstrates how the use of these rejects could benefit coal and cement producers, and the environment. The same principles can be applied to other coal operations and deposits where alumina-rich clays or shales with low concentrations of alkali elements are associated with coal.

 

 

BC Geological Survey News

 

 

Interim, Director, Geoscience Initiatives hired

 

Philippe Erdmer joined the BC Geological Survey on a half-time, temporary basis as of August 18th, 2008 to supervise the Geoscience Initiatives Section which carries out mapping and mineral deposit, geochemistry, and industrial mineral studies. He will be working with the branch until the search for a permanent Director is completed. This is the position that was held by Brian Grant.

 

Philippe is a professional structural geologist with 30+ years of experience, including considerable field work in British Columbia. He has recently moved to Salt Spring Island with his family and comes from the University of Alberta where he will continue as a Professor at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences on a part-time basis.

 

Philippe has MSc and PhD degrees from Queen's University where he began his teaching career. He has also taught at the Royal Military College of Canada, and has been teaching at the University of Alberta since 1984. Philippe has supervised a multitude of graduate students at the University of Alberta.

 

 

2008 Field Season Highlights

 

Most BC Geological Survey field crews have now safely returned from successful field programs throughout the province. Bedrock and surficial geology mapping, mineral deposits investigations, till sampling and geochemical surveys were completed. Highlights from the season include:

 

  • Discovery of previously unreported mineralization,
  • Programs covered more ground than expected, increasing areas to be included in new geological maps,
  • A drift prospecting short course was held in Smithers (Northwest Community College and Smithers Exploration Group) by Travis Ferbey (BCGS) and Alain Plouffe (GSC). This two day hands-on course was attended by 23 members of the exploration community,
  •  Mountain bikes were used successfully again this year by several field crews as part of the Ministry’s initiative to be carbon-neutral by 2010.

 

Website Redesign Coming Soon

 

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2008-9

June 30, 2008

 

Updated Publications

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  • Handbook for Mineral and Coal Exploration in British Columbia:
       A working Field Guide (2008-09 Edition)
  • Geology and Mineral Occurrences of the Downie Creek area, Northern Selkirk Mountains
       Revised Open File 1996-2, geology updated, colour added
       Revision and cartography by J.M. Logan and C.Y.M. Lin
  • Geology and Mineral Occurrences of the Goldstream River area, northern Selkirk Mountains
       Revised Open File 1995-2, geology updated, colour added
       Revision and cartography by J.M. Logan and C.Y.M. Lin

BC Geological Survey News

 

  • Staffing: Director, BC Mineral Development Office hired
  • Assessment Reports: 30,000 assessment reports now filed

 

 

UPDATED PUBLICATIONS

 

Handbook for Mineral and Coal Exploration in British Columbia: A working Field Guide (2008-09 Edition)

 

The Handbook for Mineral and Coal Exploration in British Columbia has been developed over the past few years as a joint effort of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, the Ministry of Environment, the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) and the Mining Association of British Columbia. It is meant to assist the B.C. mineral and coal exploration sectors in planning and implementing their exploration activities with due regard for worker health and safety and environmental protection. 

 

 

Geology and Mineral Occurrences of the Downie Creek area, northern Selkirk Mountains
Revised
Open File 1996-02, geology updated, colour added
Cartography by J.M. Logan and C.Y.M. Lin


Available Online July 4, 2008

 

Open File 1996-02 presents the geology and mineral occurrences of the Downie Creek area (82M/8, part of 1) in the northern Selkirk Mountains of southeastern British Columbia. The Open File map portrays geology at 1:50 000 scale and includes a legend, cross sections, and tables of isotopic age data and mineral occurrences. The work complements information in Open Files 1995-02 and 1995-03.

 

Geology and Mineral Occurrences of the Goldstream River area, northern Selkirk Mountains
Revised
Open File 1995-02, geology updated, colour added
Revision and cartography by J.M. Logan and C.Y.M. Lin

 

Open File 1995-02 discusses the geology and mineral occurrences of the Goldstream River area (82M/9 and part of 10) in the northern Selkirk Mountains in eastern British Columbia. The Open File map presents geology at 1:50 000 scale, and has a legend, several geologic cross sections, and a table of mineral occurrences. More detailed geology of the Goldstream mine area is presented in Open File 1995-03.

 

 

BC Geological Survey News 

 

Staffing

 

The British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) is pleased to welcome Jay Fredericks as Director, BC Mineral Development Office in Vancouver.  In this position Jay will be a key liaison between the mineral exploration and mining industries and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

 

Prior to coming to BC, Jay was Director of Mineral Policy with the Government of Saskatchewan. There, Jay was responsible for preparing revenue and economic forecasts for mineral commodities, developing royalty structures and led in the development of a broad range of policy initiatives that influence the Saskatchewan mineral industry.  More recently, Jay was extensively involved in Saskatchewan’s efforts to attract new mineral investment from Asian and European markets.

 

In 2004, Jay was part of a team that received the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service for their work in developing a package of incentives to promote exploration and development of Saskatchewan’s mineral resources.  In 2007, Jay was again nominated for the Premier’s Award of Excellence in the Public service for his role co-chairing a team that developed the Reclaimed Industrial Sites Act and the Institutional Control Management Framework for the long term care and maintenance of former mine sites, the first of its kind in the world.

 

Jay will be joining the BC Mineral Development office on July 2, 2008.  Please feel free to contact him at Jay.Fredericks@gov.bc.ca or                               call 604-660-2708.               .

 

 

Assessment Reports

 

As of mid-June, 30 000 mineral assessment reports had been filed with the BC Geological Survey.  These reports will be posted on line, accessible for free through the ARIS website, when they are no longer confidential.

 

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey

Release Notification 2008-8

May 30, 2008

 

  • Geology and Mineral Deposits of the McKinney Creek Area, British Columbia (part of NTS 82E/3)
  • Geology and Mineral Occurrences northern Selkirk Mountains, Southeastern British Columbia (NTS 82M/8, 9 & Parts of 1 and 10)
  • Regional to property-scale drift prospecting surveys in British Columbia
  • 2008 Field Program Map now online
  • MapPlace User Tip #2: blurry raster images

NEW PUBLICATIONS

 

Available Online June 2nd, 2008

 

Geology and Mineral Deposits of the McKinney Creek Area, British Columbia (part of NTS 82E/3)
Open File 2008-10
Mapping and Compilation by N.W.D. Massey and A. Duffy

 

The map covers the McKinney Creek area, to the north of Bridesville, between Rock Creek and Baldy Mountain and bordering on OF 2007-7. It further expands westwards, studies of the pre-Tertiary rocks by Fyles in the Greenwood area (1990).

 

Intrusive rocks rim the McKinney Creek area on north, west and south sides. Jurassic intrusions comprise two major bodies – the McKinney Creek and Mount Baldy granodiorites as well as an unnamed suite of ultramafic and mafic intrusions. Tertiary-age porphyry dykes abound through the area intruding all older lithologies.

Gold veins of the Camp McKinney camp and the surrounding area are hosted in the Anarchist Schist but are believed to be genetically related to Tertiary intrusions. The band of ?Jurassic mafic and ultramafic intrusions is related to those seen to the southwest of the map sheet (e.g. the Old Nick) and similarly bear chromite and magnetite mineralization, as well as talc and soapstone.

 

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Geology and Mineral Occurrences northern Selkirk Mountains, Southeastern British Columbia (NTS 82M/8, 9 & Parts of 1 and 10)
Geoscience Map 2008-1
Compilation by J.M. Logan

 

The Selkirk Mountains straddle the boundary between rocks assigned to the North American miogeocline and the pericratonic Kootenay Terrane. Lower Paleozoic rocks of the northern Selkirk Mountains host numerous volcanogenic massive sulphide occurrences, that include the Goldstream copper-zinc mine, the arsenical, gold-rich J&L deposit. The stratiform nature of these deposits makes understanding the regional stratigraphic and structural setting fundamental to exploration for new VHMS deposits.

 

This 1:100 000 scale colour compilation map is based on fieldwork conducted between 1994 and 1996, compilation of 3 previously published 1:50 000 scale Open file maps as well as mineral exploration assessment reports. It covers approximately 2200 km2 of the northern Selkirk

Mountains in the area that extends from the northern boundary of Mount Revelstoke National Park to the head waters of French Creek and from the headwaters of Goldstream River and Downie Creek west to Revelstoke Lake. 

 

This map presents new geochronology, palaeontology, updated mineral occurrences and prospective exploration targets (exhalative horizons) to aid exploration for base metal deposits in this region.

 

 

Regional to Property-Scale Drift Prospecting Surveys in British Columbia

GeoFile 2008-12

Compilation by T. Ferbey


Presented here is a geographically referenced list of drift prospecting surveys that have been conducted in British Columbia.  A list of topical studies and special volumes that are relevant to drift prospecting in British Columbia have also been included.  These studies and geochemical data will be of interest to explorationists and researchers who are assessing the effectiveness of drift prospecting surveys in the context of their own exploration or research program, who are preparing to design and implement their own survey, or who have generated geochemical data on drift samples and are looking for data from orientation surveys for comparison.

 

This map and list of references is intended to provide a way of quickly identifying drift prospecting studies and data that are either geographically or topically of interest to those working in British Columbia.  Any omission in the reference list or on the map should be brought to the attention of the compiler.  This publication will be updated on an annual basis.

 

BC Geological Survey News


The
2008 British Columbia Geological Survey Field Programs Map is now posted to the website.

 

 

MAPPLACE TIP #2: The FAQs page

If a raster image looks blurry after zooming right-click the layer and select REBUILD to refresh the layer.

 

Did you know that the MapPlace has a Frequently Asked Questions page?  Next time you’ve got a question, check it out!

 

/Mining/Geoscience/MapPlace/OnlineHelpDocuments/Pages/faq.aspx 

 

If you have a question that is not listed, let us know so we can add it.

 

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2008-7

April 15, 2008
 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

NEW PUBLICATIONS

 

Terrace Geoscience Data Release

 

NEWS

 

BCGS welcomes a new Director, Resource Information and Geomatics Geoscientist

 

MapPlace User Tip # 1

 

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NEW PUBLICATION

 

Available Online April 16, 2008

 

Terrace Preliminary Geodata Release
J.L. Nelson, M. McKeown, Y. Cui, P. Desjardins and T. Nakanishi (BC Geological Survey)

Farshad Shirvani (Terracad Ltd.)

GeoFile 2008-11

 

The Terrace geodata release presents for the first time in digital form the geology and mineral deposit potential of the Terrace area of northwestern British Columbia. It provides an easy-to-use introduction to the geology and exploration potential of the area. This release presents results of the ongoing Terrace Geological Mapping and Mineral Assessment Project which is now in its third year with publication of 3 1:50,000 geological maps. This data release gives direct access to the digital files and geoscience data generated during the project.

 

An interactive map is located on MapPlace under ‘Thematic Maps’, titled ‘Terrace preliminary geodata release’    www.MapPlace.ca

 

The GeoFile is available on CD or for download here:  GeoFile 2008-11

 

 

BC Geological Survey News

 

Two Staffing Updates

 

The BC Geological Survey is very pleased to welcome Yao Cui, who joins the branch as the Geomatics Geoscientist, a new specialist position that will broaden and strengthen the Branch’s geoscience expertise and capacity.  Yao comes to us from the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Integrated Land Management Bureau, Base Mapping and Geomatics Services Branch where he was the Senior Geospatial Data Specialist /Architect of GeoBase BC.

 

Yao was born in China and has a B.Eng. in Economic Geology, a M.Sc. in Isotopic Geochemistry and Geochronology, and a M.Sc. in Geochemistry from UBC. He had advanced training in Geographic Information Systems from BCIT and UBC. Prior to moving to Canada Yao had 3 years mining geology and engineering experience in one of Asia’s largest uranium mines. 

 

Larry Jones has recently changed positions in the BC Geological Survey and is now the Director of the Resource Information Section, replacing Gib McArthur who retired at the end of February.  Larry joined the BC Geological Survey in 1986, working with database and system development of mineral inventory for MINFILE.  This was followed by leading a team in the design, development and marketing of MapPlace, an internet-based geographic information system providing access to BC geospatial data to diverse client groups.  Larry is a provincial representative in several Canadian Geoscience Knowledge Network working groups and a member of the Natural Resource Sector Information Council. Larry graduated with a geology degree from Carelton University and is a professional geoscientist.  Prior to joining the Ministry Larry worked with the Federal government and also with several exploration companies.

 

MAPPLACE TIP # 1: The FAQs page

 

Did you know that the MapPlace has a Frequently Asked Questions page?  Next time you’ve got a question, check it out!

 

MapPlace FAQ's

 

If you have a question that is not listed, let us know so we can add it.

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2008-6

March 31, 2008

 

 

THREE NEW BRITISH COLUMBIA GEOSCIENCE PRODUCTS RELEASED – BC Geological Survey

Geology and Mineral Deposits of the area east of Beaverdell, British Columbia
Open File 2008-09 [map and files available for download]
By Massey, N. and Duffy, A.

 

A multi-media geochemical orientation study over the Jen Claims (Murray Property), Blackwater River area, British Columbia (NTS 93G03)
GeoFile 2008-7
By Lett, R.E., Logan, J.M. and Sandwith, Z.
 

GeoTour Guide for Kamloops, British Columbia
GeoFile 2008-6
By Turner, B., Anderson, B., Franklin, R., Cathro, M., Madu, B., Huscroft, C., Frey, E. and
Favrholdt, K.

 

 


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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2008-5

March 26, 2008

 

 

BC GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HELPS DELIVER SHORT COURSES AT KEG

Practical Geochemistry

A second full-day short course is on practical geochemical methods for the field geologist or prospector. This course is presented by the BC Geological Survey, Eco Tech Labs, KEG and SGS Mineral Services, and will be held on Monday, March 31st, 2008.

Notes from the Practical Geochemistry short course will be published as a GeoFile on the BC Geological Survey website following the conference.

Proven Mineral Exploration Strategies for the Beetle Impacted Zone (BIZ)

Learn about the exploration opportunities in the BIZ, and how to use the geochemical and geophysical tools and strategies being produced.  This short course will be presented at the Kamloops Exploration Group (KEG) meeting on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 in Kamloops British Columbia.

The short course is co-hosted by the BC Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Geoscience BC and KEG.

For more information on these courses and the conference please visit the KEG website:
http://www.keg.bc.ca/

 

 

 
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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2008-4

January 28, 2008

 

 

NEW British Columbia GEOSCIENCE PRODUCTS
available over the internet and at Mineral Exploration Roundup, Vancouver, January 28th 2008

Geological Fieldwork 2007  A summary of Fieldwork and Current Research – Paper 2008-1


Communities Benefiting from BC Mineral Exploration Activity – 2007
by P. Chan and K.D. Hancock
Open File 2008-7

 
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Geology of the Skeena Group, central British Columbia
NTS 093 E, F, K, L, M; 103 I, P
by D. Alldrick
Open File Map 2007-8



Geology of the Equity Silver Mine area
NTS 093L/01W
by D. Alldrick
Open File Map 2007-9

 
Nechako NATMAP Project: A digital suite of geoscience information for central British Columbia
(NTS Map Sheets 093N, 093K, 093F, 093G/W, 093L/9,16, & 093M/1,2,7,8)
by L.C. Struik, D.G. MacIntyre and S.P. Williams
Open File 2007-10 / GSC Open File 5623
 

Chezacut area geology (NTS 93C/08)
by M.G. Mihalynuk, C.R. Peat, E.A. Orovan, K. Terhune, T. Ferbey and M.A. McKeown
Open File Map 2008-2

Geology of the Chist Creek map area 103I/08
by J.L. Nelson, J. Kyba, M.A. McKeown, and J. Angen
Open File 2008-3

 
Geology and mineral occurrences of the Timothy Lake area 092P/14
1:50 000 colour geological map (1 sheet)
by P. Schiarizza, J. Bligh, B. Bluemel and D. Tait
Open File 2008-5

 
Regional Geology of the Cottonwood area, central British Columbia
1:50 000-scale map sheet (NTS 93G/01)
by J.M. Logan, G. Leroux and L. Able
Open File Map 2008-6

 


Regional Geology of the Mount Polley area, central British Columbia
1:50 000-scale map sheet (parts of NTS 93A/05, 06, 11 and 12)
by J.M. Logan, A.B. Bath, M.G. Mihalynuk, MEMPR and C.J. Rees, Imperial Metals Corporation
Geoscience Map 2007-1



A drainage geochemical atlas for British Columbia
by R.E. Lett, E.C. Man, M.G. Mihalynuk, and D.B. Grant
GeoFile 2008-01


Analytical Results from Investigations in the Chezacut Map Area (NTS 93C/08) and other selected areas within the Beetle Impacted Zone 2007
By C.R. Peat, M.G. Mihalynuk, T. Ferbey and L.D. Diakow
GeoFile 2008-02
 

Results of field investigations in the Beetle Impacted Zone 2006: Radiometric age determination data
By T. Ullrich, R.M. Friedman, M.G. Mihalynuk and J.M. Logan
GeoFile 2008-03

Industrial Mineral potential of the Interior Plateau, Beetle Impacted Zone (BIZ)
By Z.D. Hora
GeoFile 2008-04
 

Mineralized Mesozoic EXPOSED in the Anahim Area
By M.G. Mihalynuk and C.R. Peat
GeoFile 2008-05
  
 

 

 
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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2008-3

January 24, 2008

 

 

BCGS Makes Mineral Occurrence Discoveries, announced by the Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger on Monday, January 28th during his speech at the Mineral Exploration Roundup in Vancouver.  The speech is scheduled to start at 8:50 am PSTat Roundup, January 28th.

 

The British Columbia Geological Survey found several new mineral occurrences this past summer, which are documented in Geological Fieldwork 2008 in articles about the Chezacut, Merritt and Terrace.

 

See BCGS Technical BackgrounderFieldwork 2008; and publications listed in Release Notification 2008-4.

 

 

 
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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2008-2

January 22, 2008

  

Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2007
By John DeGrace, David Grieve, Bruce Madu, Bruce Northcote and Paul Wojdak

 

This annual publication provides detailed regional reviews of mining, mineral exploration and development activities in British Columbia for 2007. Regional Geologists in the Mining and Minerals Division of the Ministry compile the publication using information provided by government, companies and individuals in the British Columbia mining industry. The report contains detailed statistical tables and illustrations, in addition to location maps and tables summarizing significant mining, exploration and development projects in the province.


British Columbia Mining and Mineral Exploration Overview 2007
By John DeGrace, Brian Grant, David Grieve, Dave Lefebure, Bruce Madu, Bruce Northcote and Paul Wojdak

 

In 2007, a record $416 million was invested in mineral exploration in the Province. This annual publication provides an overview of activities at producing mines, over 20 development projects and major mineral exploration activities in the Province of British Columbia.


Operating Mines and Selected Major Exploration Projects in British Columbia - 2007
Open File 2008-1
By Kirk Hancock and Brian Grant, with John DeGrace, David Grieve, Bruce Madu, Bruce Northcote, and Paul Wojdak

 

This poster-style map depicts metal, coal and industrial minerals operations in the Province during 2007. In addition, the location of 119 significant mineral exploration programs and 24 proposed mine developments across the province are shown.
 

 

 

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2008-1

January 10, 2008

 

 

The British Columbia Geological Survey is pleased to announce two recent additions of new professionals to the staff of the Survey who will be based out of our Victoria offices

 

NEW MANAGER OF GEOSCIENCE MARKETING AND PARTNERSHIPS

Tania Demchuk

 

The British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) has recently hired a Manager of Geoscience Marketing and Partnerships, Tania Demchuk.

 

Tania graduated from the University of Victoria in 2005 with a combined major in Earth and Ocean Science and Geography, and is currently close to completing her MSc research into the surficial geology and aggregate resources of northeast BC. For the last 3.5 years she has been involved with aggregate exploration programs and publications while working with Resource Development and Geoscience Branch of the Ministry.

 

Tania brings a lot of new enthusiasm to BC Geological Survey programs as well as being active with a variety of professional organizations, including International Year of Planet Earth, EdGeo, and Pacific Section – Geological Association of Canada. She will also be taking on a leading role in inter-agency activities on behalf of the BC Survey, such as working on the AMEBC Mineral Exploration Roundup Organizing Committee as the BC Survey’s representative in planning and delivering government geoscience information at this important annual conference.

 

She will also be working on improving the BCGS’s ability to communicate new information to its clients. In this position with the Survey, Tania will be helping produce publications, such as the annual Geological Fieldwork volume, enhancing the Survey’s internet presence and the improving the presentation of British Columbia’s geoscience data in all media. One of her new responsibilities will also be to enhance the marketing activities of the BC Survey and she’ll be the lead contact for industry and government clients and advising them of new maps and other geoscience products, as well as focusing on outreach to students across the province. Tania will also manage the Geoscience Assistant program and work to attract university students and recent graduates to join BC Geological Survey field crews and work on related office projects.

 

Contact information:
Tania.Demchuk@gov.bc.ca
(250) 952-0417

 

 

NEW QUATERNARY GEOLOGIST

Travis Ferbey

 

The British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) has hired a new Quaternary Geologist, Travis Ferbey.

 

Travis studied at the University of Victoria, where he obtained a MSc in Quaternary geology in 2004, and is a Professional Geoscientist. Travis has over seven years experience in applied Quaternary research. This research has focused on studying Quaternary-age sediments and reconstructing ice-flow histories, investigating the dispersal of mineralization in till, conducting aggregate assessments and developing aggregate exploration methods. Travis also has an interest in and experience with geohazards. Most recently he has been involved in a project with federal and provincial agencies, in northeast British Columbia, to monitor ground movement in colluvial aprons beneath gas pipelines. While the majority of his work as been conducted in British Columbia, Travis has also worked in Canada’s Arctic.

 

Travis is currently developing a Quaternary Geology Program for the BCGS. He will be completing multi-disciplinary surveys with other provincial and federal geologists, with a focus on characterising and delineating Quaternary-age materials and investigating the geochemistry of these materials in the context of mineral exploration. Travis and the BCGS would like to hear from you about how, and for what areas, you believe the Quaternary Program could effectively deliver useful geoscience data on the Province’s unconsolidated deposits.

 

Contact information:
Travis.Ferbey@gov.bc.ca 
(250) 953-3773    

 

 

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