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GSB Publications Release Notifications for 2009

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-18

December 18, 2009

 

Geology of the Quesnel River area, central British Columbia
Open File 2009-10

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2009/Pages/2009-10.aspx

Open File 2009-10 presents a 1:50:000-scale bedrock geology map of the Quesnel River area (NTS 93B/16), encompassing and extending southeast of Quesnel, British Columbia and adjoining Open File 2008-06.  It presents the results of new mapping, geochronological dating and compilation of private industry research that provides new insight into the geologic and metallogenic evolution of this largely overburden covered portion of the Quesnel terrane.

The analytical portion of this assessment was supported by the Geological Survey of Canada (Natural Resources Canada) through the Mountain Pine Beetle Program. 

 

Geology of Saltspring Island
Open File 2009-11

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2009/Pages/2009-11.aspx 

 

Open File 2009-11 is a map of the Geology of Saltspring Island and an accompanying document of descriptions and comments meant to enhance the 1:25,000 scale map.  The accompanying notes contain photographs of key outcrops and representative lithologies, including their UTM grid locations.  The notes also contain brief summary descriptions of lithologies and structures and a list of pertinent references.

 

This Open File may find use in land-use planning, water resources, tourist interest and establishing the place of Saltspring Island in BC geology. 

 

The map and notes have been compiled by Hugh Greenwood, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, the University of British Columbia.

 

Upcoming Data Releases

  • Till geochemistry in the Chisholm Lake area
  • Industrial Mineral Review

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-17

December 18, 2009

 

 
QUEST Project Property File Update 

BCGS GeoFile 2009-10 and Geoscience BC Report 2009-17 
 
http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2009-10.aspx
http://www.geosciencebc.com/s/2009-17.asp

 

This project resulted in the addition to Property File of 2860 documents and maps from the QUEST areas.  The items, which
are from the Cyprus-Anvil, Chevron, Placer Dome and Rimfire collections, were scanned, indexed and cross-referenced with
related MINFILE occurrences.  In total, 481 MINFILE occurrences were updated and 17 new MINFILE occurrences were identified

Geoscience BC Report 2009-17 includes a description of the project, a table of the items added with links to the documents, and
KML files for the 17 new and 481 updated MINFILE occurrences.  BCGS GeoFile 2009-10 compliments these components with
display and links to reports of the new and updated occurrences on the BCGS Geoscience, Exploration Assistant, QUEST, and 
QUEST-West maps.  The download ZIP file contains extract tables from MINFILE and MapPlace.  The layers are located in the
Mineral Inventory Layers group in the maps. 

 

References and Links:

 

Barlow, N. (2009):  QUEST Project Property File Update; Geoscience BC Report 2009-17 and BC Ministry of
   Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources GEOFILE 2009-10

 

Property File Home Page:  http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PropertyFile/Pages/default.aspx

Property File Document Search:  http://propertyfile.gov.bc.ca

MINFILE Home Page:  http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/MINING/GEOSCIENCE/MINFILE/Pages/default.aspx

MapPlace Home Page:  http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/MapPlace/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

Upcoming Data Releases

  • Till geochemistry in the Chisholm Lake area
  • Geology of Saltspring Island

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-15

October 5, 2009

 

 

Till geochemical exploration targets, Redstone and Loomis Lake map areas (NTS 93B/04 and 05),
Central British Columbia
T. Ferbey
Open File 2009-9
http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2009/Pages/2009-9.aspx
The silt plus clay-sized fraction of 117 basal till samples collected within the Redstone and Loomis Lake map areas
(approximately 150 km west of William’s Lake) was analyzed for 37 elements by aqua regia digestion followed by inductively
coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and 35 elements by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), while an
additional 38 basal till samples were collected for analysis of heavy metal concentrates and gold grain counts. The spatial
distribution of samples elevated in Cu, Mo, Pb, Zn, Ag, Ni, Hg, As, Cr, Sb, and visible gold grains are the focus of this study.
Data presented here outline two new multi-element, multi-site till geochemical exploration targets. Follow-up field work is
required to assess the significance of these new exploration targets.

World fluorspar resources, market and deposit examples from British Columbia, Canada
G.J. Simandl
Information Circular 2009-4
http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/InformationCirculars/Pages/IC2009-4.aspx
Key questions addressed in this paper are: “Will the demand for fluorspar outstrip supply in foreseeable future?” and “Will
there be enough raw materials to cover projected demand?” The demand for fluorspar is linked to global economic cycles. This
paper concentrates on the global availability of fluorspar from the perspective of geological and mineral engineering economics.
British Columbia has several fluorite-bearing deposits that are discussed in this paper.

BCGS Open House
http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/Pages/registration.aspx
St. Anne’s Academy Auditorium,
835 Humbolt Street, Victoria B.C.
Friday, November 13th, 2009
8:30 am - 4:30 pm, social to follow

The BCGS invites you to attend a full day of oral presentations on the geology and mineral deposits of British Columbia. The
Open House is co-sponsored by the Pacific Section of the Geological Association of Canada (PAC-GAC). Presentations will be
given by geologists from the BCGS, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch and School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
at UVic.

Upcoming Data Release
• Nonmetallic metallic minerals other than coal (Industrial Minerals Review)

 



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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-11

May 26, 2009

 

 

Surficial Geology of the Redstone area (NTS 093B/04)

by K.J. Vickers and T. Ferbey

Open File Map 2009-05

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2009/Pages/2009-5.aspx

 

 

 

Open File 2009-05 presents a 1:50 000-scale surficial geology map of the Redstone area, located approximately 150 km east of Williams Lake, British Columbia.  This map characterizes the surficial materials and glacial features that occur within the map area and shows their areal distribution.  This mapping was conducted as part of a mineral potential assessment of the Redstone and Loomis Lake areas (NTS 093B/04, 05).  Till samples were collected for trace element analyses, heavy mineral separations, and gold grain counts to assess the base and precious metal potential of the area.  Till sample locations are included in this map.  The analytical portion of this assessment was supported by the Geological Survey of Canada (Natural Resources Canada) through the Mountain Pine Beetle Program.

 

BC GeoMap Update

Compiled by Y. Cui and P. Erdmer

Geoscience Map 2009-01 (1:2 000 000 scale)

 

British Columbia's Bedrock Geology Map is now available as a 1:2 000,000 scale PDF file that is suitable for printing as a single map sheet.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Maps/GeoscienceMaps/Pages/2009-1.aspx

 

Survey News


NEW STAFF

 

 

The British Columbia Geological Survey is pleased to welcome Steve Rowins to the management team.  Steve begins his new role as Director of Geoscience Initiatives on May 19th, and will be supervising the Survey’s 12

project geologists.

 

Steve obtained a B.Sc. Honours degree in Geological Sciences from Queen’s University in 1987, a M.Sc. degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Ottawa in 1990, and a Ph.D. in economic geology from the University of Western Australia in 1994.

 

Upon returning to Canada in 1994, Steve took up a NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at McGill University and in 1996 joined Westmin Resources Limited (later Boliden-Westmin in 1998) as a Project Geologist exploring throughout the Americas. In 1999, Steve joined the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as an Assistant Professor of Economic Geology. In 2006, Steve resigned from UBC and joined the Saskatchewan Research. In 2007, Steve returned to industry as the Vice-President of Exploration for Northern Abitibi Mining Corp. In addition to these professional activities, Steve volunteers on many geoscientific committees and industry associations, including chairing the Geological Association of Canada’s Mineral Deposits Division (2008-2009), serving as an Associate Editor of Ore Geology Reviews (1999-2009) and as an Adjunct Professor in EOS-UBC (2006-2009).

 

Steve and his family are looking forward to returning to the west coast.

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-10

April 22, 2009

 

 

Geological Map of British Columbia

Compiled by P. Erdmer and Y. Cui

Geoscience Map 2009-01

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Maps/GeoscienceMaps/Pages/2009-1.aspx

 

Geoscience Map 2009-1 is a digital, one-sheet map of the geology of British Columbia. It is a summary of Geoscience Map 2005-3 at 1:1 500 000 scale, with simplified units and legend. It can be used as a digital product and printed as a cartographically correct rendition of the geology of British Columbia. This version of the BCGeoMap is the one best suited for printing as a single sheet.

 

The BCGeoMap is compiled from geological maps by the British Columbia Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and university and industry geologists.  The original compilation offers seamless coverage at 1:250 000 scale.  It is viewable at www.MapPlace.ca and freely downloadable as GeoFiles 2005-1 to 10 or as Geoscience Map 2005-3.

 

Survey News

NEW STAFF


The British Columbia Geological Survey is pleased to announce that Steve Rowins will be joining the team as Director of Geoscience Initiatives on May 19, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 
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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-09

April 8, 2009

 
 

Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Whipsaw Creek-Eastgate-Wolfe Creek Area, British Columbia (NTS 092H/01W, 02E, 07E, 08W)

by N.W.D. Massey, J.M.S. Vineham and S.L. Oliver

Open File 2009-08

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2009/Pages/2009-8.aspx

The map covers an area about 15 km to the southwest of Princeton.  The map area stretches from the Wolfe Creek area and Copper Mountain southwest to Eastgate and the boundary of Manning Park and west to the Whipsaw Creek and Hudson Flats areas.  The map area lies at the western edge of Quesnellia and includes the southernmost exposures of the late Triassic Nicola Group.  To the east of the Boundary Fault, rocks of the Nicola group are assigned to the “Eastern Belt” (Preto 1979; Mortimer 1987).  Interbedded black argillites, grey siltstones and sandstones are overlain by volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks of the Wolfe Creek Formation, which display an alkalic affinity.  They host the important porphyry and skarn deposits of the Copper Mountain area (Preto, 1972). 

 

In situ Magnetic Susceptibility Measurements in the Whipsaw Creek-Eastgate-Wolfe Creek area, southern British Columbia (NTS 092H/01W, 02E, 07E, 08W)

by N.W.D. Massey, J. Baker, J.M.S. Vineham, S.L. Oliver and S. Jasechko

GeoFile 2009-07

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2009-7.aspx

In situ measurements of magnetic susceptibility were made on a routine basis at most stations during the 2008 field season in the Whipsaw Creek-Eastgate-Wolfe Creek area.  The area is located on the eastern boundary of Manning Park, about 15 km southwest of the town of Princeton.  The geology of the area is described in Massey et al (2009a, 2009b).

 

Till Geochemical Exploration Targets, Babine Prophyry Copper Belt, Central British Columbia

by T. Ferbey, V.M. Levson and R.E. Lett

Open File 2009-04

Geoscience BC Report 2009-10

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2009/Pages/2009-4.aspx               

The clay-sized fraction of 533 archived basal till samples collected within the Babine porphyry copper belt was analyzed for 37 elements by aqua regia digestion followed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).  The spatial distribution of samples elevated in Ag, As, Cu, Hg, Mo, Pb, and Zn are the focus of this study.  Data presented here confirm and further constrain previously identified till geochemical exploration targets within the Babine porphyry copper belt.  These data also outline two new multi-element, multi-site till geochemical exploration targets.

 

GeoTour Guide for the West Kootenay British Columbia

by R.J.W. Turner, R.G. Anderson, R. Franklin, L. Anderton and F. Fowler

Geological Survey of Canada Open File 6135

BC Geological Survey GeoFile 2009-06

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2009-6.aspx

 

Survey News


NEW STAFF

The British Columbia Geological Survey is pleased to announce that Steve Rowins will be joining the team as Director of Geoscience Initiatives on May 19, 2009.

 

 

 
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April 7, 2009

BC GeoMap on MapPlace.ca
 

The British Columbia Geological Survey, Geoscience BC and Natural Resources Canada’s Geological Survey of Canada have collaborated to update the BCGeoMap (the Province's digital geology map) in central BC. The update area corresponds to Geoscience BC’s QUEST Project geophysical survey footprint, which extends from Williams Lake to Mackenzie (an area larger than Vancouver Island).

 

Geological, geophysical and geochemical experts from the three organizations incorporated geophysical and geochemical data from Geoscience BC’s QUEST Project, geophysical data from Natural Resources Canada and recent bedrock mapping by the British Columbia Geological Survey to revise the geological map. The BCGeoMap QUEST Area update focuses on the volcanic and intrusive rocks of the Quesnel Terrane in central British Columbia. This terrane is prospective for copper and gold deposits but covered by glacial deposits in the center of the update area. The new data is helping geologists understand and re-interpret the covered bedrock geology, which will be of great benefit to the mineral exploration community working in the region.

 

An introduction to this update will be presented as a joint technical poster at Kamloops Exploration Group Conference, April 7-8, Kamloops BC.  The update team will continue to work on the revised map, which when complete will be seamlessly incorporated into the bedrock geology layer on MapPlace (www.mapplace.ca).

 

The preliminary update (KEG Poster) can be viewed here:

 

About BCGeoMap

 

The BCGeoMap is British Columbia’s online digital geology map, maintained by the British Columbia Geological Survey.  The map was originally compiled from geological maps by British Columbia Geological Survey, Natural Resources Canada’s Geological Survey of Canada, university and industry geologists.  The digital geology is available for free through MapPlace (www.MapPlace.ca) or as GeoFiles 2005-1 to 2005-10.

 
 
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March 18, 2009
 
Mount Milligan Mine Project Approved
 

VICTORIA - Terrane Metals Corp. (the proponent) has received an environmental assessment (EA) certificate for its Mount Milligan copper-gold mine project.

 

Environment Minister Barry Penner and Energy, and Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom made the decision to grant the EA certificate after considering the review led by B.C.'s Environmental
Assessment Office (EAO).

 

The proposed project, an open-pit copper-gold mine with a capacity to process 60,000 tonnes of ore per day, will be located 90 kilometres north of Fort St. James and 90 kilometres west of Mackenzie. The ore concentrate will be transported by rail to either Vancouver or Prince Rupert for shipping to overseas smelters.

 

The EAO Assessment Report concluded the project is not likely to have significant adverse effects, based on the mitigation measures and commitments included as conditions of the EA certificate.

 

The provincial EA certificate contains 97 commitments the proponent must implement throughout various stages of the project. Key commitments address the following:

 

* Potentially acid-generating materials will be stored under water in the tailings storage facility or open pit to prevent acid rock drainage and metal leaching.


* Monitoring of water management, tailings storage and other facilities to ensure there is no discharge of surface water from the mine site to adjacent streams during operations.


* Implementing water and waste management plans to ensure protection of fisheries values and implementing a wildlife management plan to minimize effects on wildlife.


* Establishing an environmental management system consistent with the ISO 14001 standard.

 

The proposed project is also reviewable under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act because authorizations are required from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and from Natural Resources Canada. Decisions from these
two federal agencies are pending.

 

First Nations were consulted on the assessment and the Province is satisfied the Crown's duties to consult and accommodate First Nations interests have been discharged.

 

Capital costs are estimated at $917 million and the 30-month construction phase will provide an average of 370 jobs. Of the estimated $156 million annual operating costs, almost $100 million will be spent in the regional economy and the project is expected to generate approximately 400 full-time jobs annually over the 15-year lifespan of
the mine. Once the project is in operation, annual revenue to local governments is estimated at $1.3 million and total provincial revenue over the proposed project life is estimated at $200 million.

 

Before the project can proceed, the proponent will still need to obtain the necessary provincial licences, leases and other approvals.

 

More information on the environmental assessment certificate can be found at www.eao.gov.bc.ca.


Media contact:

Kate Thompson
Manager, Media Relations
250 953-4577

For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province's news feeds using RSS, visit the Province's website at www.gov.bc.ca.

 
 
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March 17, 2009
 
Application for an EA Certificate
 
Prosperity Gold-Copper Project - Taseko Mines Limited
 
The EAO has reviewed the Application and determined that the Application contains the information required by the Terms of Reference.  The EAO has formally accepted the Application and the 180-day review process has begun.  The "Read More" link will take you to an index of documents comprising the Application.
 
 

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March 13, 2009

B.C. STRENGTHENS POSITION AGAINST URANIUM DEVELOPMENT

VICTORIA – Following a request by the Province’s Environment and Land Use Committee, the lieutenant-governor in council has issued an order-in-council to prevent permits from being issued for uranium and thorium exploration and development in B.C.

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-07

March 13, 2009

 

BCGeoMap 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/BedrockMapping/Pages/BCGeoMap.aspx 

 

 

The BCGeoMap is the Province’s digital geology map for British Columbiaoriginally compiled and released as GeoFile 2005-1. 

The BCGeoMap is viewable on MapPlace by turning on “BCGS Geology Layers 2005”. 

 

All components of the map are available for free download for the whole province or as 9 separate regional tiles (GeoFiles 2005-2 to 2005-10). 

These files are also available on DVD (Open File 2005-2), through Crown Publications (www.crownpub.bc.ca/). 

 

Survey News

 

BC Mineral Deposit Profiles: 18 additions

 

New mineral deposit profiles, not yet published in an Open File, have been added to the webpage:

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/MineralDepositProfiles/Pages/PublishedIndex.aspx 

 

New Staff
  

The British Columbia Geological Survey is pleased to welcome Sarah Meredith-Jones as the new Mineral Inventory Geologist, MINFILE.  Sarah manages MINFILE, Property File and Coal File.  Her focus is maintaining and updating MINFILE on an ongoing basis.  She is also a key contact for client service, focussing on website-related phone calls, emails and site visits.

 

Prior to her new appointment, Sarah worked with the Survey for several terms as a Geoscience Assistant.  She has her BSc in Earth and Ocean Science and Geography from the University of Victoria.

 

Please contact Sarah if you have questions about the BC Geological Survey Website and/or MapPlace. 

(Sarah.MeredithJones@gov.bc.ca or 250-387-5261)

 

 

    

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-06

February 9, 2009

 

 

Chilanko Forks Area Geology (NTS 93C/01)

by M.G. Mihalynuk, E.A.Orovan, J.P. Larocque, T. Bachiu and J. Wardle

Open File 2009-06

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2009/Pages/2009-6.aspx

 

Atin-Taku Mineral Resource Assessment

by D.G. MacIntyre and W.E. Kilby

GeoFile 2009-05

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2009-5.aspx

 

 

 

   

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-05

January 26, 2009

 

Geological Fieldwork 2008, plus Bedrock Geology maps, GeoFiles and MapPlace updates

 

 

Geological Fieldwork 2008: A summary of Fieldwork and Current Research Paper 2009-01

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Fieldwork/Pages/GeologicalFieldwork2008.aspx

The British Columbia Geological Survey presents the results of 2008 geoscience surveys and studies in this thirty-fourth edition of Geological Fieldwork. This year it contains 19 individual reports in 238 pages.  Articles are contributions from British Columbia Geological Survey staff and external researchers who have worked extensively throughout the province on its geology, geochemistry and mineral deposits.

 

Geology of the Mahatta Creek Area, Northern Vancouver Island
Geoscience Map 2006-4

by G. T. Nixon, J.V. Hammack, H. Hamilton, H. Jennings, M.J. Orchard, J.W. Haggart, H.W. Tipper, R.M. Friedman, D.A. Archibald, F. Cordey and K.A. Johnston

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Maps/GeoscienceMaps/Pages/2006-4.aspx

 

Geology of the Murphy Lake Area (NTS 93A/03)

Open File 2009-03
by P. Schiarizza, K. Bell and S. Bayliss

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2009/Pages/2009-3.aspx

 

Analytical Results from Investigations in the Chilanko Forks and Clusko River areas (NTS 93C/01, 09S)
within the Beetle Impacted Zone 2008
GeoFile 2009-01
 

by J. Larocque and M. Mihalynuk
http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2009-1.aspx

 

Fluorspar Market – 2008 and selected Fluorite-bearing deposits in British Columbia (Roundup 2009 poster)

GeoFile 2009-03
by G. Simandl

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2009-3.aspx

 

Carbonate-hosted nonsulphide deposits (Roundup 2009 poster)

GeoFile 2009-04
by S. Paradis and G. Simandl

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2009-4.aspx

 


MapPlace Data update

 

Catchment Basins for RGS Stream Sample Locations is a new data layer available in the Exploration Assistant and BCGS Maps on MapPlace.

www.MapPlace.ca

 

Survey News

Job Posting: Director, Geoscience Initiatives Section. Posting closes February 16th

http://employment.gov.bc.ca/index.php?view_posting=045273

 

 

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-3

January 23, 2009

 

Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2008 and Communities Benefitting from BC Mineral Exploration Activity - 2008

 

 

Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2008

By J. DeGrace, D. Grieve, B. Madu, B. Northcote and P. Wojdak

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/ExplorationBC/Pages/2008.aspx

 

This annual publication provides detailed regional reviews of mining, mineral exploration and development activities in British Columbia for 2008.  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.

 

Communities Benefitting from Bc Mineral Exploration Activity - 2008

Open File 2009-02

By B. Northcote, J. DeGrace, D. Grieve, B. Madu, P. Wojdak, K. Cobb and S. Meredith-Jones

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2009/Pages/2009-2.aspx

 

This map illustrates the benefits of mineral exploration investment on specific communities across the province in terms of jobs, projects and dollars spent in the search for new mines.  The map details the impacts of $367 million in exploration expenditures, which created employment equivalent to 1150 field person years and more than 800 full-time mineral exploration jobs based in the Lower Mainland and other major cities.

   

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-2

January 21, 2009

 

Spences Bridge Group Geology and BC Till Geochemistry compilation

 

  

Geology, Spences Bridge Group southwest of Merritt, British Columbia (Parts of NTS 092H/14,15 and 092I/2,3)

Open File 2008-8

By L.J. Diakow and A. Barrios

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2008/Pages/2008-8.aspx

 

This geological map shows new stratigraphic subdivisions and geochronology for the Spences Bridge Group, south of Merritt. The product is based on fieldwork conducted in 2007 and 2008. The map area is underlain by two magmatic arc successions, the Late Triassic Nicola Group and overlying Early Cretaceous Spences Bridge Group. The Nicola Group near Merritt is uniquely characterized by Late Triassic (Carnian) felsic volcano-sedimentary-limestone successions containing silica-carbonate exhalite and sinter with a weakly elevated epithermal geochemical signature. Low-sulphidation epithermal gold quartz veins occur throughout the range of Spences Bridge Group stratigraphy. A new U-Pb isotopic date confirms previous work of an Early Cretaceous age for the lower, Pimainus Formation, and a contemporaneous Ar/Ar date on hydrothermal alteration is derived from a gold-bearing epithermal quartz vein system hosted by the upper, Spius Formation.

British Columbia Till Geochemical Survey data compilation

GeoFile 2008-13

By R.E. Lett
http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2008-13.aspx

 

This publication is a digital file of BC Geological Survey and Geological Survey of Canada trace element and major oxide till sample analyses including some previously unpublished results. It is intended as a complement to the recently published GeoFile 2008-12, Regional to Property-Scale Drift Prospecting Surveys in British Columbia by T. Ferbey.

 

Survey News


Job Posting: Director, Geoscience Initiatives Section. Posting closes February 16th

http://employment.gov.bc.ca/index.php?view_posting=045273

 

 

 

 

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British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Mining and Minerals Division
BC Geological Survey
Release Notification 2009-1

January 15, 2009 

 

BC 2008 Exploration Expenditures - $367 Million


 

British Columbia Mining and Mineral Exploration Overview 2008

By John DeGrace, Jay Fredericks, David Grieve, Dave Lefebure, Bruce Madu, Bruce Northcote and Paul Wojdak

/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/MineralExplorationReview/Pages/default.aspx

In 2008, $367 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 - 2008 

Open File 2009-1

By John DeGrace, David Grieve, Bruce Madu, Bruce Northcote, and Paul Wojdak, Jay Fredericks and Katelyn Cobb

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This poster-style map depicts metal, coal and industrial minerals operations in the Province during 2008. In addition, the location of 118 significant mineral exploration programs and 19 proposed mine developments across the province are shown.

 

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