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December 14, 2015

 

British Columbia Geological Survey Open File 2015-2

 

British Columbia Digital Geology update

 

by Y. Cui, D. Miller, G. Nixon and J. Nelson

British Columbia Digital Geology is the data source used to create the digital Geological Map of British Columbia. The latest release is based on a framework data model, which consists of attributed geological contacts and faults as linework, and outcrops or centroids as points attributed with bedrock information. It also contains: tables for geological units and colours; ESRI layer files containing bedrock colour symbols; and a map of British Columbia illustrating the suggested colour theme for the bedrock polygons.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2015/Pages/2015-2.aspx

 

 


 
November 14, 2015

 

British Columbia Geological Survey Paper 2015-3

 

A Symposium on critical and strategic materials proceedings, November 13-14, 2015, Victoria, British Columbia

 

Edited by G.J. Simandl and M. Neetz

 

 

 

British Columbia Geological Survey publications are available online at\

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Papers/Pages/2015-3.aspx


For further information:
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Tel: 250-952-0372    Fax: 250-952-0381
 

 


October 31, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

2015 British Columbia Survey Open House and Symposium on Strategic and Critical Materials

   For further information

   Melanie Mitchell

   melanie.mitchell@gov.bc.ca

   250-952-0372

   For further information

   George Simandl

   george.simandl@gov.bc.ca

   250-952-0431

 

 


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October 9, 2015

 
British Columbia Geological Survey Paper 2015-2

 

Application of lead isotopes in till for mineral exploration: a simplified method using ICP-MS

 

by Alexei S. Rukhlov and Travis Ferbey

 

Elemental abundances and Pb isotopic ratios for 2.5N HCl leachates from Chehalis valley basal till samples (<0.063 mm fraction) highlight down-ice glacial dispersion of volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) occurrences. Despite the relatively young age of the Seneca VMS deposit and surrounding volcanic rocks (Middle Jurassic), the contrast in Pb isotopic ratios between tills derived from country rocks and tills containing ore material is 3-7%. This contrast is 2-3 orders of magnitude above the analytical uncertainties of state-of-the-art multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). Our simplified method, in which Pb isotopic ratios are measured directly on bulk 2.5N HCl leachate solution by high-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS), is consistent with the MC-ICP-MS results. It also has low analytical uncertainties (0.4-0.6%) capable of distinguishing between tills derived mainly from country rocks and those containing ore materials. Direct-leachate measurements using a quadrupole ICP-MS lack the resolution for tracing <10% isotopic contrast. Although elevated Pb, Zn, Cu, and Ba abundances in till overlying the Seneca deposit identify the latter, they show different down-ice dispersion patterns. In contrast, Pb isotopic ratios for leachates from the <0.063 mm till fraction appear to be robust indicators of down-ice glacial dispersion for the VMS mineralization. The Pb abundances and isotopic compositions are consistent with derivation of the Chehalis valley tills from isotopically heterogeneous local bedrock sources mixed with variable proportions of lead from VMS mineralization. The relatively inexpensive method of determining Pb isotopic ratios in tills by measuring 2.5N HCl leachates using HR-ICP-MS constitutes a robust exploration tool for a broad range of concealed Pb-rich deposits including relatively young deposits.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Papers/Pages/2015-2.aspx 


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September 26, 2015

 

BC Geology Survey E-NewsLetter

 

2015 British Columbia Survey Open House and Symposium on Strategic and Critical Materials

   For further information

   Melanie Mitchell

   melanie.mitchell@gov.bc.ca

   250-952-0372

   For further information

   George Simandl

   george.simandl@gov.bc.ca

   250-952-0431

 

 


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Reduced fee for registration until October 1

September, 2015

 
BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

   

British Columbia Geological Survey welcomes Luke Ootes as a new Senior Minerals Geologist

Click here to learn more about Luke.


Don't forget the 2015 BCGS Open House and Symposium on Strategic and Critical Materials is coming up November 13th - 14th. 
Register Now!

The BC Geological Survey has been busy in the field this summer.  Check out what we've been up to here.

Check here to see the geoscience events coming up that the BC Geological Survey will be attending.

Recent BC Geological Survey Releases  
Geoscience Map 2015-04: Surficial geology, Granite Mountain area, BC, Parts of NTS 093B/08 & 09
Geoscience Map 2015-03: Surficial geology, Gnawed Mountain area, BC, Parts of NTS 092I/06, 07, 10, 11
Information Circular 2015-10: The East Kootenay Coalfields
Information Circular 2015-04: Coal in British Columbia
Information Circular 2015-05: Copper in British Columbia
Information Circular 2015-06: Gold in British Columbia
Information Circular 2015-07: Molybdenum in British Columbia
Information Circular 2015-08: Nickel in British Columbia
Information Circular 2015-09: Jade in British Columbia

 

August 5, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

BCGS Geoscience Map 2015-04, also released as Geological Survey of Canada Geoscience Map 223

BCGS Geoscience Map 2015-04 Surficial geology, Granite Mountain area, British Columbia, Parts of NTS 93-B/8 and 93-B/9

A. Plouffe, and T. Ferbey

 

The Granite Mountain area, in south-central British Columbia, includes the Gibraltar Mine (porphyry Cu-Mo deposit).  Most of the map area is underlain by till of the Late Wisconsinan Fraser Glaciation.  During deglaciation, meltwater channels were eroded in the hillsides of Granite Mountain and the mountainous ridge north of the mine indicating that ground at high elevation was deglaciated first.  Meltwater was generally routed to the north through two main corridors: one in the west, in the region trending north from Cuisson Lake and a second one in the east, in the valleys of Ben and Skelton lakes and Arbuthnot Creek.   Glaciofluvial sediments deposited during ice retreat represent potential granular resources.  A glacial lake and associated delta are mapped north of Ben Lake from aerial photograph interpretation.  At the western edge of the map area, large landslides most likely in bedrock and unconsolidated sediments occurred along the bedrock escarpment of the Fraser River valley.  Anthropogenic deposits including wet and dry tailings surround Gibraltar Mine.
 
This map was produced as part of a joint initiative of the Geological Survey of Canada and the British Columbia Geological Survey, conducted under the auspices of the Intrusion-Related Ore System project as part of Natural Resources Canada’s Targeted Geoscience Initiative-4 program.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Maps/Pages/GM2015-4.aspx

 

June 30, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

British Columbia Geological Survey welcomes Dr. Bram van Straaten as a new Senior Minerals Geologist
 
The British Columbia Geological Survey is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bram van Straaten as a Senior Minerals Geologist (Copper Metallogeny) based in Victoria.
 
Bram holds a M.Sc. degree from Utrecht University and a Ph.D. degree from The University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) in British Columbia with expertise in volcanology, economic geology and igneous petrology. He began his career in the mineral exploration industry following completion of post-doctoral studies at UBC and has worked on projects in Ontario, the Northwest Territories, and British Columbia. In 2012 he started as a senior geological advisor to Hunter Dickinson Inc. In this role he developed and executed exploration programs on copper and gold targets throughout British Columbia. Bram’s current Survey project will focus on mapping the porphyry-prospective Stikine Terrane of northwestern British Columbia.
 

Please welcome Bram to the British Columbia Geological Survey!

 


  June 18, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

2015 British Columbia Survey Open House and Symposium on Strategic and Critical Materials

   For further information

   Melanie Mitchell

   melanie.mitchell@gov.bc.ca

   250-952-0372

   For further information

   George Simandl

   george.simandl@gov.bc.ca

   250-952-0431

 

 


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Reduced fee for registration until October 1

These information circulars are pamphlets that summarize the distribution, origin, production, and uses of commodities mined in the province.

 


 
 June 2, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

Information Circular 2015-4 - 2015-9

 

These information circulars are pamphlets that summarize the distribution, origin, production, and uses of commodities mined in the province.

Information Circular 2015-4: Coal in British Columbia

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/InformationCirculars/Pages/IC2015-4.aspx

 

Information Circular 2015-5: Copper in British Columbia

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/InformationCirculars/Pages/IC2015-5.aspx

 

Information Circular 2015-6: Gold in British Columbia

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/InformationCirculars/Pages/IC2015-6.aspx

 

Information Circular 2015-7: Molybdenum in British Columbia

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/InformationCirculars/Pages/IC2015-7.aspx

 

Information Circular 2015-8: Nickel in British Columbia

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/InformationCirculars/Pages/IC2015-8.aspx

 

Information Circular 2015-9: Jade in British Columbia

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/InformationCirculars/Pages/IC2015-9.aspx

June 1, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

  

Information Circular 2015-10 - The East Kootenay Coalfields


by BC Geological Survey

    

Extending along the northwest-southeast structural grain of the Rocky Mountain Front Ranges in southern British Columbia, the East Kootenay Coalfields includes three fields: Flathead, Crowsnest, and Elk River. In the last 20 years, these fields have produced more coal than the rest of British Columbia's coalfields combined. Since 1898, over 780 million tonnes, mainly of metallurgical coal, have been produced from the Crowsnest and Elk River fields. The East Kootenay fields produce coal from multiple seams in the Mist Mountain Formation, a 100 to 700 m thick unit of sandstone, siltstone, shale, and mudstone in the middle part of the Kootenay Group (Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous). Most coals in the Mist Mountain Formation are coking coals. They are predominantly medium-volatile bituminous in rank and have low sulphur contents. High-volatile A bituminous coals occur near the top of the unit; low-volatile bituminous coals occur near the base of the section. Since 2008, Teck Coal Limited has been the operator and primary owner of all five active mines. These mines produce about 70% of Canada’s total annual coal exports.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/InformationCirculars/Pages/IC2015-10.aspx

 

 

May 4, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

British Columbia Geological Survey Geoscience Map 2015-3
 

also released as Geological Survey of Canada Geoscience Map 214

 

Surficial geology, Gnawed Mountain area, British Columbia, Parts of NTS 92I/6, 92I/10 and 92I/11

 

by A. Plouffe and T. Ferbey

 

The Gnawed Mountain area includes the Highland Valley Copper mine (porphyry Cu-Mo), which is a major copper producer in Canada. Near the mine, till deposited during the Late Wisconsinan Fraser Glaciation is the most extensive glacial sediment. Glaciers flowed predominantly south to southeastward during this glacial event, as indicated by the orientation of numerous drumlins and flutings. During ice retreat, lateral meltwater channels cut into the flanks of valleys and mountain slopes indicating that ice occupied low ground when higher elevations were ice free. Accumulations of glaciofluvial sand and gravel, too small to be mapped at this scale, can be found close to these meltwater channels. The glaciofluvial drainage was generally to the south during ice retreat, with aggradation of glaciofluvial sediments in the Guichon Creek valley. Glaciolacustrine sediments in the Witches Brook valley were deposited in a glacial lake that formed when the eastward drainage was blocked by a mixture of ice and sediment. Mine tailings (anthropogenic deposits) are near open pits and in the valley that extends northwest from the mine (previously occupied by Pukaist Creek).

This map was produced as part of a joint initiative of the Geological Survey of Canada and the British Columbia Geological Survey, conducted under the auspices of the Intrusion-Related Ore System project as part of Natural Resources Canada’s Targeted Geoscience Initiative-4 program.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Maps/Pages/GM2015-3.aspx

March 9, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

British Columbia Geological Survey Geoscience Map 2015-2
 

also released as Geological Survey of Canada Geoscience Map 209

 

Surficial geology, Bootjack Mountain area, British Columbia, Parts of NTS 93A/5, A/6, A/11 and A/12, scale 1:50,000

 

by S. Hashmi, A. Plouffe, and B.C. Ward

 

Till deposited during the Fraser Glaciation (Late Wisconsinan) is the predominant surficial material in the Bootjack Mountain area. Distributed as a regional blanket, till also defines streamlined, hummocky, and ridged landforms. Glaciofluvial sediments, mainly outwash terraces, mark ice retreat; kame terrace and ice-contact deposits record ice stagnation. Glaciolacustrine deposits form veneers and blankets along Beaver Valley. Holocene colluvial and alluvial sediments are exposed along the Beaver, Quesnel, and Cariboo river valleys. The colluvium forms blankets, veneers, aprons, landslide, and hummocky deposits, whereas the alluvium forms terraces, plains, and fans. Meltwater channels align mainly along the general ice-flow direction (northwest-southeast). Northwest-trending ice-flow indicators (293°–330°) overprint those trending west-southwest (255°–275°), indicating two glacier movement directions.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Maps/Pages/GM2015-2.aspx

 

March 2, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

  

The following posters, which were presented at the annual Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference (2015), are now available for download.

 

GeoFile 2015-4

Nelson, J.and Kyba, J., 2015. Structural and stratigraphic controls on mineralization in the Bronson corridor, Iskut region, NW BC.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2015-4.aspx

 

GeoFile 2015-5

Schiarizza, P., 2015. Geological setting of the Granite Mountain batholith, south-central British Columbia

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2015-5.aspx

 

GeoFile 2015-9

Mao, M., Rukhlov, A.S., Rowins, S.M., Spence, J., and Coogan, L.A., 2015. Detrital apatite trace-element compositions: A robust new tool for mineral exploration

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2015-9.aspx

 

GeoFile 2015-12

Jago, C.P., 2015 Exploration and Mining in the Omineca and Northeast regions, British Columbia.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2015-12.aspx

 

GeoFile 2015-13

Katay, F. 2015. 2014 Exploration and Mining, Kootenay-Boundary Region.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2015-13.aspx

 

GeoFile 2015-15

Northcote, B.K., 2015. Exploration and Mining in the South and West Coast regions, 2014.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2015-15.aspx

 

February 27, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

  

Please join British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett, Deputy Minister Dave Nikolejsin, and staff of the British Columbia Geological Survey at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention.

Tuesday, March 3 from 3 to 4 PM, British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines booth (#633, 730, 732).

 

The Minister and Survey staff will be available to discuss exploration and mining opportunities in British Columbia and will profile new Survey publications.

 

Refreshments will be served.

 

February 23, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

Please join staff of the British Columbia Geological Survey and senior officials from the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention.

 

Tuesday, March 3 from 3 to 4 PM, British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines booth (#633, 730, 732).

 

Ministry officials and Survey staff will be available to discuss exploration and mining opportunities in British Columbia and will profile new Survey publications.

 

Refreshments will be served.

 

February 10, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

British Columbia Survey Branch is hiring for two new positions

 

 

The application closing date is February 16, 2015.

 

The full job postings are available through the BC Public Service Agency website:

 

Senior Minerals Geologist (Gold Metallogeny)

https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=23793

 

Senior Minerals Geologist (Copper Metallogeny)

https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=23598

 

Requisition 23793 and 23598

Ministry: Energy and Mines

Branch: BC Geological Survey, MMRD

Posting close date: 2015-02-16

Location: Victoria

Job Type: Regular Full Time

Category: Scientific and Technical

 

The BC Geological Survey is looking for two enthusiastic and motivated field-oriented mineral geologists to join our dynamic team of geoscientists.  

 

The Senior Minerals Geologists are responsible for developing, conducting, and reporting on field mapping projects aimed at understanding the origin and potential of mineralization in British Columbia with a particular focus on gold and copper. As a lead on developing geoscientific innovation through field- and laboratory-based studies, the successful candidate will: identify target project areas; collect and interpret data to identify high mineral potential areas; identify new investment targets for the private sector; provide geological maps in support of societal planning; and generate geoscientific innovations that benefit all British Columbians.

 

The Senior Minerals Geologists will work with industry, government, and university partners to build collaborative projects. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to benefit the broader geoscience community is through external publication of research results, participation in professional organizations, and delivery of technical presentations at provincial and national geoscience meetings.

 

If you have practical knowledge of the geology and mineral deposits of the Canadian Cordillera, experience conducting fieldwork in challenging terrains, and enjoy working as part of a team, we encourage you to apply to this rewarding opportunity.

 

Applications must be sent directly to the BC Public Service Agency. If you qualify for both positions, you must apply to each job posting separately.

January 26, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

  

GeoFile 2015-2
Southern Nicola Arc Project 2014: geochronological data
 

 

Mihalynuk, M.G., Friedman, R.M. and Logan, J.M.

    

Geofile 2015-2 contains the results, methodology and quality control data from geochronological analyses of samples collected during fieldwork conducted in as part of the Southern Nicola Arc Project (SNAP, 2012 – 2013) between Merritt and Princeton.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2015-2.aspx

 

January 26, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

Open File 2014-5
Summers Creek area preliminary geology NTS 92H/9W & 10E

 

Mihalynuk, M.G., Logan, J.M., Diakow, L.J., Henderson, M.A., Jacob, J. and Watson, A.K.G.

 

Open File 2014-5 is revision mapping of ~1000 km2 area between Merritt and Princeton, in the prolifically mineralized southern Nicola arc. Roots of the Nicola arc include a belt of mineralized intrusions emplaced during an epoch of magmatism centered on ~205 Ma. Known as the Copper Mountain suite, these intrusions and Nicola Group arc rocks mineralized adjacent to them, have been the main source of British Columbia mining wealth for 50 years. Because of this wealth, many geological investigations have focused on the Late Triassic to Early Jurassic Nicola arc rocks. In recent years, substantial logging activities have generated new exposures throughout the region, and together with the wide availability of accurate geochronological techniques, provide opportunity for a new level of understanding of the ancient arc between Princeton and Merritt. The new mapping presented in Open File 2014-5 focused on areas where new access and outcrops provide previously unrecorded views of southern Nicola Arc geology.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2014/Pages/OF2014-5.aspx

 

January 26, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 
Geoscience Map 2015-1
Geology, geochronology and Ni-Cu-PGE orebodies of the Giant Mascot ultramafic intrusion, Hope, southwestern British Columbia

 

Manor, M.M., Wall, C.J., Friedman, R.M., Gabites, J., Nixon, G.T., Scoates, J.S., and Ames, D.E.

 

The Giant Mascot mine (1958-1974) is the only past-producer of nickel in British Columbia. The Giant Mascot ores belong to a class of convergent margin Ni-Cu-PGE deposits that are becoming an increasingly important, yet under-explored, economic resource. Mineralization is generally hosted by small ultramafic-mafic intrusions containing hornblende and characteristic orthopyroxene. The orthopyroxene distinguishes these bodies from Alaskan-type intrusions in the supra-subduction zone environment. Geoscience Map 2015-01 summarizes new and historic data for the Giant Mascot Ni-Cu-PGE sulphide deposit.

 

This project is part of the Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4 (TGI-4) program funded by Natural Resources Canada and administered by the Geological Survey of Canada in collaboration with the British Columbia Geological Survey.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Maps/Pages/GM2015-1.aspx

 

January 26, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

GeoFile 2015-3
Regional Geochemical Survey database, 2015

 

Alexei S. Rukhlov and Mustafa Naziri
 

A new MS Access database has been created to house results from the provincial Regional Geochemical Survey (RGS), an ongoing program that was initiated in 1976. The database uses a flat-table format readily compatible with GIS and geochemical software to aid exploration and development of mineral resources, environmental baseline monitoring, and land-use planning. The new database standard captures survey locations, field observations, analytical results, and geology underlying sites of about 65,000 fine-grained (<0.18 mm) stream- and lake-sediment and water samples. Geochemical determinations include up to 63 analytes from sediments and up to 78 analytes from water. The RGS currently covers approximately 80 percent of the province, with an average density of about 1 sample site per 7–13 km2.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2015-3.aspx

 

January 26, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

  

GeoFile 2014-10 

Supplementary data for Carlin-type geochemical signal in lake and stream sediments from Kechika trough, north-central British Columbia

 

A.S. Rukhlov, T. Han, J. Nelson, A. Hickin, F. Ferri

 

GeoFile 2014-10 provides tables for geochemical analyses of lake- and stream-sediment samples collected by the Regional Geochemical Survey (RGS) and National Geochemical Reconnaissance (NGR) from the Kechika trough, north-central British Columbia and the Rackla belt, east-central Yukon. It serves as a data repository for interpretations presented by Rukhlov et al., 2015.

 

Rukhlov, A.S., Han, T., Nelson, J., Hickin, A., and Ferri, F., 2015. Carlin-type geochemical signal in lake and stream sediments from Kechika trough, north-central British Columbia. In: Geological Fieldwork 2014, British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines, British Columbia Geological Survey Paper 2015-1, in press.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2014-10.aspx

 

January 23, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

  

BC Geological Survey Branch geologists will be presenting the results of ongoing programs at the annual Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference (2015) sponsored by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AMEBC) at the Vancouver Convention Centre

 

 

Monday, January 26

Session: Official opening ceremonies and regional reviews

East Convention Level Ballroom A/B

 

9:40-10:10

Exploration and Mining in British Columbia: 2014 Review

Gordon Clarke, Director, Mineral Development Office, British Columbia Geological Survey

 

Tuesday, January 27

Session: Public geoscience: A resource for you

East Convention Level Ballroom A/B

 

9:10-9:30

Northwestern Stikinia porphyries: It's all their faults

JoAnne Nelson British Columbia Geological Survey

 

9:30-9:50

Southern Nicola Arc Project highlights: the changing face of a prolific porphyry province

Mitch Mihalynuk, Larry Diakow, Jim Logan, Rich Friedman, Robert Creaser

 

Tuesday January 27

Poster Session

Tuesday to Thursday, 9:00-4:00; authors present Tuesday 12:00-4:00

British Columbia Geological Survey geoscientists and the Regional Geologists will present posters highlighting latest program activities in rooms 8 and 15 on the second floor of the Vancouver Convention Centre East.

 

Barlow, N.

Property file

Britton, J.M.

2014 Exploration and mining, Thompson-Okanagan-Cariboo Region

Fuller, T.

BC Mineral and Coal Assessment Reports: Some recent changes and collection of digital data

Hancock, K.

British Columbia resource information experts

Hancock, K.

Delivering BCGS databases

Jago, C.P.

Exploration and Mining in the Omineca and Northeast regions, British Columbia

Katay, F.

2014 Exploration and mining, Kootenay-Boundary Region

Mackay, D.A.R., Simandl, G.J., Ma, W., Grcic, B., Redfearn, M., Luck, P., and Li, C.

Assessment of Mozley and Wilfley shaking tables for concentrating carbonatite indicator minerals, Aley carbonatite, British Columbia, Canada

Mackay, D.A.R., Simandl, G.J., Ma, W., and Redfearn, M.

Assessment of QEMSCAN® in indicator mineral exploration for specialty metals, Aley carbonatite, British Columbia, Canada

Manor, M. J., Wall, C. J., Friedman, R. M., Gabites, J., Nixon, G. T., Scoates, J. S., and Ames, D. E.

New Geoscience Map: Convergent margin Ni-Cu-PGE – Giant Mascot mine, BC.

Manor, M. J., Scoates, J. S., Nixon, G. T., and Ames, D. E.

Sulphide saturation and chalcophile metal enrichment in the Late Cretaceous Giant Mascot Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, Canadian Cordillera, British Columbia

Mao, M., Rukhlov, A.S., Rowins, S.M., Spence, J., and Coogan, L.A.

Detrital apatite trace-element compositions: A robust new tool for mineral exploration

Meredith-Jones, S., Total Earth Services, and Purple Rock Inc.

Updating the MINFILE database

Mihalynuk, M.,Diakow, L., Logan, J., Friedman, R., and Creaser, R.

Southern Nicola Arc Project highlights: the changing face of a prolific porphyry province

Nelson, J., and Kyba, J.

Structural and stratigraphic controls on mineralization in the Bronson corridor, Iskut region, NW BC.

Northcote, B.

Exploration and mining in the South and West Coast regions, 2014

Riddell, J., and Katay, F.

Elk Valley and Crowsnest coalfields compilation

Rukhlov, A.S., and Ferbey, T.

Using lead isotopes and elemental abundances in till for mineral exploration in the Cordillera

Rukhlov, A.S., and Naziri, M.

Retrofitting and updating BCGS’ lithogeochemical database

Schiarizza, P.

Geological setting of the Granite Mountain batholith, south-central British Columbia

Simandl, G., Paradis, S., Luck, P., and Mackay, D.A.R.

Carbonatite-related mineralized systems, their geological setting, footprint and selected vectoring methods

 

Wednesday, January 28, 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00

Presentations by BCGS geoscientists at the BC Pavilion, Vancouver Convention Centre East, Meeting Rooms 19 and 20

 

British Columbia Geological Survey publications are available online at
http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/mining/geoscience/publicationscatalogue/

For further information:
email:
Geological.Survey@gov.bc.ca
Tel:
250-952-0372    Fax: 250-952-0381

 

January 23, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

BC Pavilion, Vancouver Convention Centre East, Meeting Rooms 19 and 20

 

The Ministry of Energy and Mines and the British Columbia Geological Survey will inaugurate the BC Pavilion at the Vancouver Convention Centre during AMEBC’s Exploration Roundup 2015 (January 26-29). Designed as a one-stop venue for Roundup delegates to discuss the business of mineral exploration with government personnel, the Pavilion will be staffed by representatives from the BCGS, Mineral Titles Branch, Health, Safety and Permitting Branch, FrontCounter BC, and DataBC.

 

The new space will afford the Survey and sister government organizations with the opportunity to present program highlights, geoscience information, and new exploration opportunities, and assist delegates with permitting and tenuring issues.

 

Event Schedule 

 

TIME

MONDAY

JANUARY 26

TUESDAY

JANUARY 27

WEDNESDAY

JANUARY 28

THURSDAY

JANUARY 29

9:00-10:00

OPEN PAVILION

CLIENT CONTACT

10:00-12:00

OPEN PAVILION

CLIENT CONTACT

OPEN PAVILION

CLIENT CONTACT

BC Geological Survey Project Highlights

 

Presentations by government geoscientists on current research in BC with a special emphasis on new insights and findings important to the mineral exploration community

OPEN PAVILION

CLIENT CONTACT

12:00-2:00

OPEN PAVILION

CLIENT CONTACT

2:00-4:00

Working in BC: Government at Your Service

Presentations by government agencies that assist clients in the acquisition, development, and operation of exploration and mining projects in BC

Regional Overviews and Highlights

Presentation on key exploration and mining projects across BC by Regional Geologists from offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Smithers and Prince George

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation Schedule 

 

Monday January 26

2:00-2:20

Charles Hunter (FLNRO, First Nations Relations Branch)

The Provincial Approach to Address the Tsilhqot'in Nation Decision in its Consultation and Accommodation Approaches

 

2:20-2:40

Greg Lawrance (GCPE, DataBC)

BC Data Catalogue

 

2:40-3:00

Terry Lanktree (GCPE, DataBC)

DataBC Services Overview (including iMapBC)

 

3:00-3:20

Nicole Barlow (MEM, BC Geological Survey)

Property File

 

3:20-3:40

Jenny Lawrence (FLNRO, FrontCounter BC)

Virtual FrontCounter BC for Notices of Work and deemed authorizations

 

3:40-4:00

Alison Sweeten (FLNRO, GeoBC)

ILRR and Mineral Interests in BC

 

 

Wednesday January 28, Morning Session

British Columbia Geological Survey, Ministry of Energy and Mines

 

10:00-10:20

Stephen Rowins

Welcome and BCGS overview

 

10:20-10:40

Paul Schiarizza

Geological setting of the Granite Mountain batholith

 

10:40-11:00

Matt Manor

Convergent margin Ni-Cu-PGE deposits: Giant Mascot

 

11:00-11:20

Alexei Rukhlov

Using lead isotopes and elemental abundances in till for mineral exploration in  the Cordillera

 

11:20-11:40

Travis Ferbey

Ice-flow indicators and drift prospecting in the Canadian Cordillera

 

11:40-12:00

Janet Riddell

Coal in British Columbia: 2014 overview

 

 

Wednesday January 28, Afternoon session

Regional Geology, Ministry of Energy and Mines

 

2:00-2:20

Paul Jago

Exploration and mining in the Omineca and Northeast regions, and selected mineral deposit types of the Foreland Belt

 

2:20-2:40

Jim Britton

Thompson-Okanagan-Cariboo Region: Exploration and mining overview

 

2:40-3:00

Jeff Kyba

Skeena Region project highlights and fieldwork summary

 

3:00-3:20

Gordon Clarke

Kootenay-Boundary Region: exploration and mining overview

 

3:20-3:40

Bruce Northcote

Southwest Region: Exploration and mining overview

 

January 26, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

 

GeoFile 2015-1

Using lead isotopes and elemental abundances in till for mineral exploration in the Cordillera

 

Alexei S. Rukhlov and Travis Ferbey

 

New elemental abundances and Pb isotopic ratios for 2.5N HCl leachates from basal till samples (<0.063 mm fraction) are used to highlight down-ice glacial dispersal for volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) occurrences in the Chehalis valley, southwestern British Columbia. The middle Jurassic Seneca VMS deposit and surrounding volcanic-arc rocks show up to 9% lead isotopic difference, orders of magnitude above the state-of-the-art analytical uncertainties. The Pb abundances and isotopic compositions of the Chehalis tills are consistent with mixing of leads derived from the local bedrock sources and the isotopically distinct VMS mineralization. Pb, Zn, Cu, and Ba abundances show inconsistent till anomalies. In contrast, the Pb isotopes are effective indicators of down-ice glacial dispersal for the VMS deposits.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2015-1.aspx

 

January 22, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

   

BC Geological Survey Branch is hiring for two new positions.

 

The full job postings are available through the BC Public Service Agency website:

 

Senior Minerals Geologist (Gold Metallogeny)

https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=23793

 

Senior Minerals Geologist (Copper Metallogeny)

https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=23598

 

Requisition 23793 and 23598

Ministry: Energy and Mines

Branch: BC Geological Survey, MMRD

Posting close date: 2015-02-16

Location: Victoria

Job Type: Regular Full Time

Category: Scientific and Technical

 

The BC Geological Survey is looking for two enthusiastic and motivated field-oriented mineral geologists to join our dynamic team of geoscientists.  

 

The Senior Minerals Geologists are responsible for developing, conducting, and reporting on field mapping projects aimed at understanding the origin and potential of mineralization in British Columbia with a particular focus on gold and copper. As a lead on developing geoscientific innovation through field- and laboratory-based studies, the successful candidate will: identify target project areas; collect and interpret data to identify high mineral potential areas; identify new investment targets for the private sector; provide geological maps in support of societal planning; and generate geoscientific innovations that benefit all British Columbians.

 

The Senior Minerals Geologists will work with industry, government, and university partners to build collaborative projects. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to benefit the broader geoscience community is through external publication of research results, participation in professional organizations, and delivery of technical presentations at provincial and national geoscience meetings.

 

If you have practical knowledge of the geology and mineral deposits of the Canadian Cordillera, experience conducting fieldwork in challenging terrains, and enjoy working as part of a team, we encourage you to apply to this rewarding opportunity.

 

Applications must be sent directly to the BC Public Service Agency. If you qualify for both positions, you must apply to each job posting separately. 

January, 2015

 

BC Geological Survey E-NewsLetter

  

Monday January 26, the British Columbia Geological Survey releases five annual publications.
 
Geological Fieldwork 2014, A Summary of Field Activities and Current Research
British Columbia Geological Survey Paper 2015-01
 

 

Provincial Overview of Mines and Mineral Exploration, 2014
British Columbia Geological Survey Information Circular 2015-1
Clarke, G., Britton, J., Jago, P., Katay, F., Kyba, J., and Northcote, B., 2015
 
 
 
 
Exploration and Mining in British Columbia, 2014
British Columbia Geological Survey Information Circular 2015-2

 


 
 

British Columbia Coal Industry Overview, 2014
British Columbia Geological Survey Information Circular 2015-3

 


http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/InformationCirculars/Pages/IC2015-3.aspx

 

Operating Mines and Selected Exploration Projects in British Columbia, 2014

British Columbia Geological Survey Open File 2015-01
Clarke, G., Britton, J., Jago, P., Katay, F., Kyba, J., and Northcote, B., 2015

 

 

 

 http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2015/Pages/2015-1.aspx



 

 

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