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December 13, 2016

Geological Survey E-newsletter
 


MapPlace 2 is a web service created by the British Columbia Geological Survey that can be used to efficiently mine multiple provincial geoscience databases. In contrast to other web map services, MapPlace 2 goes beyond simply displaying information. Databases are continuously updated and talk to each other, enabling users to conduct queries and generate custom results by connecting to current data from many sources. Relative to the original version, MapPlace 2 can be used on either a Mac or a PC, requires no plug-ins, and works in most web browsers, has a simpler, more intuitive interface that is easy to use, accesses third-party base maps and imagery from sources such as Google, Bing Maps and OpenStreetMap, and displays province-level data at exceptional speeds
 
Designed for anyone interested in British Columbia geoscience, this workshop focuses on what MapPlace 2 can do for you. Through demonstrations and scenario-based exercises, participants will learn how to use basic MapPlace 2 functions and explore some of its more advanced features. We start with an overview of the interface, a review how the basic tools function, and descriptions of dataset organization and custom applications. We then conduct simple searches, downloading data and creating custom maps, and follow with more advanced tasks. Ultimately, participants will learn how MapPlace 2 can help guide exploration and investment decisions by saving time and effort gathering and analyzing geoscience data.
 
A WIFI-enabled laptop is required.

Register at:  http://roundup.amebc.ca/events/mapplace-2-workshop/
 



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

British Columbia Geological Survey
British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines
Mines and Mineral Resources Division
2016

 



 
 

 

 



December 7, 2016

British Columbia Geological Survey GeoFile 2016-4


New British Columbia lithogeochemical database: Development and preliminary data release

Tian Han, Alexei S. Rukhlov, Mustafa Naziri, and Adrienne Moy





A new database system was developed to maintain, update, and manage province-wide lithogeochemical data collected by British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) geoscientists and their research partners. The database is populated with data compiled from 214 BCGS publications released between 1986 and 2015. It includes ~11,000 samples with about 250,000 determinations analyzed by 26 analytical methods in 21 laboratories. The database operates through a semi-automated process for data compilation, quality control, upload, and product generation, which helps provide consistent, standardized, and long-term data storage and update, and regular release. The data product derived from the database provided in this release is in a user-friendly format (CVS), which can be easily brought into GIS and geochemical data evaluation software for visualization and analysis.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2016-4.aspx

 

 


November 7, 2016

 

 

Issue 2016-1

 

 

  Field Notes is the newsletter of the BC Geological Survey, sharing upcoming events, recent  
  activities, publications, and project updates.

 

Project Highlight

Mapping a potential new metallogenic epoch in the Canadian Cordillera

 

This past summer, a team of BC Geological Survey geologists spent two months southeast of Dease Lake mapping rocks in the upper part of the Hazelton Group. Led by Bram van Straaten, the team focused on documenting the internal stratigraphy and regional extent the Horn Mountain Formation, a late Early to early Middle Jurassic volcanic succession, and establishing its connection to local porphyry copper occurrences. They discovered that this previously enigmatic unit continues along strike for at least 55 km, with lower subaqueous and upper subaerial subunits, and that early-stage exploration projects in Middle Jurassic porphyries, including the Tanzilla prospect and McBride showing, may represent a new metallogenic epoch in the Canadian Cordillera.

 

A fresh face for MapPlace

 

  

MapPlace 2 is a web service created by the British Columbia Geological Survey that allows anyone with an Internet connection to efficiently mine multiple geoscience databases. In contrast to similar services, MapPlace 2 goes beyond simply displaying information. Databases are continuously updated and talk to each other, enabling users to conduct queries and generate custom results by connecting to current data from many sources. Relative to the original version, MapPlace 2 requires no plug-ins, is faster, handles larger datasets, accesses third-party base maps and imagery and, with a simpler more intuitive interface, is easier to use.
 
The BCGS invites you to attend the MapPlace 2 beta workshop at the BCGS Open House November 17-18, 2016 in Victoria, BC.

Out and about

In August, Travis Ferbey helped lead Simon Fraser University’s third-year field school, guiding students through the Quaternary geology of the Cowichan Valley and teaching surficial geology mapping methods.

 

In April, JoAnne Nelson, Lawrence Aspler, and Adrian Hickin gave Friends of Uplands Park, a local naturalist group in Victoria, a tour of Cattle Point, highlighting the bedrock and Quaternary geology exposed on the eastern side of Victoria.
 

 

In October, Larry Jones, Yao Cui, and Gabe Fortin delivered a presentation MapPlace 2 to the Vancouver Island Exploration Group in Nanaimo.

In October, Travis Ferbey and Adrian Hickin introduced students and faculty from the University of the Fraser Valley to the BCGS and spoke on how knowledge of Quaternary geology is applied to solving geologic problems.

 

In March Luke Ootes, gave a talk about the Slave craton and its Proterozoic borderlands at Simon Fraser University. In October, he spoke to the Vancouver Kimberlite Cluster about how Archean and Paleoproteroic events along the western margin of the Slave craton influenced On-craton diamonds.

 

The women of the BCGS took to the walls at the CragX Climbing Centre in Victoria to test out their skills on a different kind of rock slab.

Geoscientist Snapshot

 

Yao Cui leads the BCGS geospatial group, which works on processing, integrating, managing, producing, and delivering geoscience data. One of Yao’s main responsibilities is the provincial digital geology database and map. In order to streamline integrating maps into the database, Yao developed the Geospatial Frame Data (GFD) model. Yao is also the lead on developing the new MapPlace 2 web service.


 

 


In recent years, JoAnne Nelson has examined the tectonic setting of porphyry and related systems in northwestern Stikinia, focussing on the structural framework of these deposits and their temporal relationship to episodes of arc reconfiguration. In 2013-2014 JoAnne worked in the KSM-Brucejack-Treaty Glacier and Snip-Bronson-KSP areas, finding evidence that the deposits are localized along reactivated basement faults within in few km of a latest Triassic to Early Jurassic unconformity at the base of the Hazelton Group. This unconformity marks when the arc magmatism recorded by the Stuhini Group ended, and also marks when renewed arc activity, represented by basal Hazelton units, began. In 2016, JoAnne took the study one step further, investigating the deepest structural levels exposed in Stikinia. Exposures of and evidence for the deepest rocks of Stikinia lie in the western part of the terrane, along a transect between Terrace and Prince Rupert, and west of the old Anyox mine. The project aims to explore the basement to Stikinia, where it originated, and the relationship between deep-level magma chambers and porphyry deposits.

 

 

 

 





The BCGS welcomes Gabe Fortin who joined the BCGS in September 2016 as a Geomatics Geoscientist. Gabe is working with the Resource Information Section on producing and delivering geoscience data through the MapPlace web service.

 














The BCGS welcomes Dejan Milidragovic who joined the BCGS in November 2016. Dejan is working with the Cordilleran Geoscience Section and is responsible for field mapping and mineral deposit studies with particular focus on nickel mineralization.

 

 

 

 






 



 

The BCGS welcomes Dejan Milidragovic who joined the BCGS in November 2016. Dejan is working with the Cordilleran Geoscience Section and is responsible for field mapping and mineral deposit studies with particular focus on nickel mineralization.

 

Upcoming

 

BCGS Open House, November 17 and 18, 2016, Victoria

  • The BCGS invites you to attend a day and a half of presentations by Survey geologists highlighting recent studies on the geology and mineral deposits of the Canadian Cordillera.
  • Included in the fee for the Open House, this half-day workshop introduces MapPlace 2 to anyone interested in BC geoscience. Through demonstrations and scenario-based exercises, participants will learn how to use basic MapPlace 2 functions and explore some of its more advanced features. A WiFi enabled laptop is required.

AME Roundup January 23-26, 2017, Vancouver

 

Recent products and publications

 

BCGS GeoFile 2016-11 – Geochemical, mineralogical, and textural data from tills in the Highland Valley Copper mine area, south-central British Columbia by T. Ferbey, A. Plouffe, and A.L. Bustard.

BCGS Open File 2016-5 – Geometry and valley-fill stratigraphic framework for aquifers in the Groundbirch paleovalley assessed through shallow seismic and ground-based electromagnetic surveys by A.S. Hickin, M.E. Best, and A. Pugin

BCGS GeoFile 2016-10 – Till geochemistry, mineralogy and textural data near four Cu porphyry deposits in British Columbia by A. Plouffe and T. Ferbey

BCGS Open File 2016-4 – Ice-flow indicator compilation, British Columbia and Yukon by H. Arnold, T. Ferbey, and A.S. Hickin

ARIS Digital Data – Compilation of digital data from over 450 Mineral Assessment Report submissions

 


 

November 2, 2016

 


British Columbia Geological Survey GeoFile 2016-11 also released as Geological Survey of Canada Open File 8119

British Columbia Geological Survey GeoFile 2016-11
also released as Geological Survey of Canada Open File 8119


Geochemical, mineralogical, and textural data from tills in the Highland Valley Copper mine area, south-central British Columbia

Travis Ferbey, Alain Plouffe, and Aaron Bustard



Although rocks of Quesnel terrane in the Intermontane Belt of south-central British Columbia have long-been known as prolific producers of porphyry mineralization, much of the bedrock in the region is covered by glacial sediments. Nonetheless, geochemical and mineralogical data, particularly from locally derived tills, can help detect deposits buried under Quaternary sediments. We collected till samples from 99 sites near the Highland Valley Copper mine for geochemical, indicator mineral, and grain size determinations to test the utility of the method at a site where the configuration and tenor of ore-grade porphyry Cu mineralization are known. Landform-scale features such as drumlins, flutings, crag-and-tails mapped on aerial photographs, outcrop-scale features such as striations, grooves, and rat tails measured in the field, and data from previous studies indicate a relatively simple regional Late Wisconsinan ice-flow history with generally southward sediment transport, making provenance determinations on subglacial tills relatively straightforward. Commonly a first derivative of bedrock, subglacial till is the ideal sample medium for till geochemical and mineralogical surveys. Most of our samples were taken from a regionally developed till facies interpreted as a subglacial till deposited by moving ice (well compacted, markedly fissile, massive, cobble-boulder diamicton with a relatively clay-rich matrix and abundant faceted and striated clasts). For comparison, we also collected from a more locally developed till facies interpreted as an ablation till (poorly compacted, non-fissile, massive cobble-boulder diamicton with a relatively clay-deficient matrix) that overlies the subglacial till. Quality assurance/quality control results indicate that, uncontrolled by analytical artefact, the geochemical and mineralogical results for the dataset presented herein are suitable for geological interpretations that will be considered in future publications.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2016-11.aspx

 

 

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

British Columbia Geological Survey
British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines
Mines and Mineral Resources Division
2016
 
 

September 25, 2016


British Columbia Geological Survey welcomes Gabe Fortin as our new Geomatics Geoscientist
 

 

British Columbia Geological Survey welcomes Gabe Fortin as our new Geomatics Geoscientist
 
The British Columbia Geological Survey is pleased to announce appointing Gabe Fortin as our new Geomatics Geoscientist. Gabe will be responsible for producing and delivering geoscience data through our MapPlace web service.

 

 


 
With over ten years of experience in the mineral exploration industry, Gabe has worked as a geologist and project manager. While at Aurora Geosciences (Whitehorse and Yellowknife), he designed and managed base metal, precious metal and diamond exploration programs in western and northern Canada, Alaska, and Nevada. In recent years, Gabe has focused on designing and using database-GIS integration to optimize data flow, from entry to use.
 
Most of Gabe’s spare time is spent mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and skiing.

 

Email: gabe.fortin@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 250-387-2020



September 23, 2016
 

 


Further information

Melanie Mitchell
melanie.mitchell@gov.bc.ca
250-952-0372


 


Venue:
Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites
345 Quebec Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 9N3
(800) 663-5896



Reduced fee for early registration until October 14
 

 


September 2, 2016
 

Open File 2016-2 -An index of base and precious metal regional- to property-scale subglacial till geochemical and mineralogical surveys in British Columbia

by A.L. Bustard and T. Ferbey 

Released in PDF, ESRI Map Package, Shapefile, File Geodatabase, and KMZ formats, Open File 2016-2 indexes geographically referenced, regional- and property-scale subglacial till geochemical and mineralogical surveys targeting base and precious metals in British Columbia. It also lists topical studies relevant to drift prospecting in the province and elsewhere. Original source reports can be downloaded using the URLs provided, as can publications that use the data, such as compilations. The digital versions of the index enable advanced searches using fields such as author, source type (digital or PDF), or source.


This publication is available for free download from the British Columbia Geological Survey
http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2016/Pages/2016-2.aspx 

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: 250-952-0387   Fax: 250-952-0381

 

July 27, 2016
 

Open File 2016-4 -Ice-flow indicator compilation, British Columbia and Yukon (also released as Geological Survey of Canada Open File 8083)

by H. Arnold, T. Ferbey and A.S. Hickin

A better understanding of the Cordilleran ice sheet flow history is important for designing, implementing, and interpreting geochemical and mineralogical data from drift prospecting surveys. Building on ice-flow indicator compilations for British Columbia by Ferbey et al. (2013) and Yukon Territory (Lipovsky and Bond, 2014), this map and database illustrate major ice-flow directions for the Canadian sector of Cordilleran ice sheet during the Late Pleistocene.
 
The data were derived from published and unpublished surficial geology, terrain, and glacial feature maps. Because field data are sparse in the area ~ 300 km south of the British Columbia -Yukon border, new data were generated using digital stereo airphotos, digital derived-stereo orthophoto mosaics, and digital derived-stereo Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre (SPOT ) imagery. The raw data are integrated into a single database; no attempt was made to reconcile cases where data from different sources conflict.

This publication is available for free download from the British Columbia Geological Survey (http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2016/Pages/2016-4.aspx) and GEOSCAN
(http://geoscan.nrcan.gc.ca/starweb/geoscan/servlet.starweb?path=geoscan/shorte.web&search1=R=298865).
doi:10.4095/298865
 

July 12, 2016
 

GeoFile 2016-10 -Till geochemistry, mineralogy and textural data near four Cu porphyry deposits in British Columbia (also released as Geological Survey of Canada Open File 8028)


by Alain Plouffe and Travis Ferbey


Till sampling surveys were completed in 2011,
2012 and 2013 near four Cu-porphyry mineralized zones in British Columbia: Highland Valley Copper Mine (Cu-Mo porphyry); Gibraltar Mine (Cu-Mo porphyry); Mount Polley Mine (Cu-Au porphyry), and the Woodjam prospect (Cu-Au-Mo porphyry). The goal of these till surveys is to develop new mineral exploration methods using till geochemistry and mineralogy to detect buried porphyry mineralization. Presented herein are the resulting geochemical, mineralogical and grain size (textural) data. Quality control and quality assurance measures demonstrate that analytical results are unaffected by analytical artefact or sampling and thus fit for geological interpretation.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2016-10.aspx 
   

June 27, 2016
 

Information Circular 2016-5 - The Groundhog coalfield 

In the Skeena Ranges of northwestern British Columbia, the Groundhog coalfield defines an ovoid (30 x 80 km) area extending southeastwards from the headwaters of the Klappan and Little Klappan rivers to Groundhog Mountain. Coal occurs in several units of the Bowser Lake Group, which consists of Jurassic and early Cretaceous marine and non-marine strata deposited in Bowser Basin. The Groundhog coalfield contains the only significant occurrences of anthracite in Canada. Anthracite is relatively rare, making up about 1% of all coals globally. Of all coals, anthracite has the highest heat content per unit weight. The most significant market for anthracite is as PCI (pulverized coal injection) coal, which is used in making steel.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/InformationCirculars/Pages/IC2016-5.aspx
 

April 22, 2016
 

Open File 2016-5 - Geometry and valley-fill stratigraphic framework for aquifers in the Groundbirch paleovalley assessed through shallow seismic and ground-based electromagnetic 


Adrian S. Hickin, Melvyn E. Best and André Pugin

 

 

 

Paleovalleys are significant sources of groundwater in the South Peace River region. To better understand groundwater availability it is necessary to determine the thickness, lateral extent, and connectivity of Quaternary sediments filling these paleovalleys. Direct observations of subsurface lithologic units (through sediment coring) combined with ground-based electromagnetic (EM) and shallow reflection seismic surveys document the geometry of the Groundbirch paleovalley and establishes the three-dimensional configuration of its sediment fill. The combined data suggest that the Groundbirch paleovalley is 3-4 km wide at its top and trends east-west.  Based mainly on seismic velocity data, the paleovalley may plunge to the west.  Although the EM and seismic data are only effective in the upper 150 m, our interpretation of the seismic data suggests that the paleovalley may extend to depths of >350 m, an interpretation that can be tested by drilling. The stratigraphy of the valley fill includes advance phase glaciolacustrine sediments (glacial Lake Mathews), ice-contact glacial sediments (Late Wisconsinan glaciation), and retreat phase glaciolacustrine sediments (glacial Lake Peace). Gravels and sands deposited during ice margin advance and retreat have the highest potential to host significant aquifers

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2016/Pages/2016-5.aspx 


 


April 21, 2016
 

Recent journal and conference publications by British Columbia Geological Survey geoscientists

 

Davis, W.J., Ootes, L., Newton, L., Jackson, V.A., and Stern, R., 2015. Characterization of the Paleoproterozoic Hottah terrane, Wopmay Orogen using multi-isotopic (U-Pb, Hf and O) detrital zircon analyses: An evaluation of linkages to northwest Laurentian Paleoproterozoic domains. Precambrian Research, 269, 296-310.

Fajber, R., Simandl, G.J., and Luck, P., 2015. Exploration for carbonatite-hosted niobium-tantalum deposits using biogeochemical methods (orientation survey), Blue River Area, British Columbia, Canada. In: Lasemi, Z., (Ed.), Proceedings of the 47th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals, May 15-17, 2011, Champaign, Illinois. Illinois State Geological Survey, Circular 587. https://www.isgs.illinois.edu/sites/isgs/files/files/publications/47th-Forum-Fajber.pdf
 
Hickin, A.S., Lian, O.B., and Levson. V.M., 2016. Coalescence of late Wisconsinan Cordilleran and Laurentide ice sheets east of the Rocky Mountain Foothills in the Dawson Creek region, Northeast British Columbia, Canada. Quaternary Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.yqres.2016.02.005 (in press).
 
Mackay, D.A.R., Simandl, G.J., Ma, W., Redfearn, M., and Gravel, J., 2016. Indicator mineral-based exploration for carbonatites and related specialty metal deposits– A QEMSCAN® orientation survey, British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 165, 159-173. Access to article is valid until May 21, 2016 at http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Sofr1LQnuDi1a.
 
Mao, M., Rukhlov, A.S., Rowins, S.M., Spence, J., and Coogan, L.A., 2016, Apatite trace-element compositions: A robust new tool for mineral exploration. Economic Geology, (in press).
 
Manor, M.J., Scoates, J.S., Nixon, G.T., and Ames, D.E., 2016. The Giant Mascot Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, southwestern British Columbia: mineralized conduits and sulphide saturation mechanisms in a convergent margin tectonic setting. Economic Geology, 111, 57-87.
 
Ootes, L., Davis, W.J., Jackson, V.A., and van Breemen, O., 2015. Chronostratigraphy of the Hottah terrane and Great Bear magmatic zone of Wopmay orogen, Canada, and exploration of a terrane translation model. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 52, 1062-1092.

Paradis, S., Simandl, G.J., Keevil, H., and Raudsepp, M., 2016. Carbonate-Hosted Nonsulfide Pb-Zn Deposits of the Quesnel Lake District, British Columbia, Canada. Economic Geology, 111, 179-198.
 
Simandl, G.J., and Neetz, M., 2016. Industrial minerals in British Columbia. Industrial Minerals, London, March 2016, 26-28.
 
Simandl, G.J., Mackay, D.A.R., Ma, X., Luck, P., Gravel, J., Grcic, B., and Redfearn, M., 2015.  Direct and indirect indicator minerals in exploration for carbonatite and related ore deposits — an orientation survey, British Columbia, Canada. In: Application of Indicator Mineral Methods to Mineral Exploration, 27th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium, April 20-24, 2015, Tucson, Arizona. Association of Applied Geochemists, Short course SC02, 7p.
 
Trofanenko, J., Williams-Jones, A.E., Simandl, G.J., and Migdisov, A.A., 2016. The nature and origin of the REE mineralization in the Wicheeda carbonatite, British Columbia, Canada. Economic Geology, 111, 199-223.

Williamson, N., Ootes, L., Rainbird, R., and Bédard, J., and Cousens, B., 2016, Initiation and early evolution of a continental flood basalt province preserved in the 720 Ma Natkusiak Formation, Victoria Island, Canadian Arctic. Bulletin of Volcanology, 78, 1-19.

 

 


April 19, 2016
 
 

Workshop and Special Session on indicator minerals in exploration geology
GAC-MAC annual meeting, Whitehorse YT, May 30-June 3
http://whitehorse2016.ca
 

Pre-conference Workshop, May 30-31
Indicator minerals in till and stream sediments of the Canadian Cordillera


 
Day 1, Monday, May 30
Technical presentations on the stratigraphy and evolution of the Cordilleran ice sheet, subglacial processes and till formation, sampling and processing methods, case studies, recent developments, and an exercise in which participants design an exploration program based on map, ice-flow, and till geochemistry and mineralogy data.
 
Speakers include: S.A. Averill (Overburden Drilling Management), D. Canil (University of Victoria), T. Ferbey (British Columbia Geological Survey), O.B. Lian (University of the Fraser Valley), A. Plouffe (Geological Survey of Canada), A. Rukhlov (British Columbia Geological Survey), G.J. Simandl (British Columbia Geological Survey), and B.C. Ward (Simon Fraser University).
 
Day 2, Tuesday, May 31
Whitehorse-area field trip led by J. Bond (Yukon Geological Survey) devoted to identifying Quaternary sediment types, emphasizing deposits best suited for till geochemistry and mineralogy surveys, and measuring outcrop-scale ice-flow indicators.
 
For more information please contact
Adrian Hickin (British Columbia Geological Survey)
adrian.hickin@gov.bc.ca
 
Alain Plouffe (Geological Survey of Canada)
alain.plouffe@canada.ca
 
Travis Ferbey (British Columbia Geological Survey)
travis.ferbey@gov.bc.ca


 

Conference Special Session Friday, June 3
Indicator minerals in till and stream sediments


 
This special session will examine

  • the mineralogy and geochemistry of surficial sediments, and the texture, chemistry, trace element composition, and dispersal of indicator minerals
  • current models of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet and implications for transport histories
  • exploration case studies from gold, porphyry copper-molybdenum, uranium, and diamond deposits
  • advances in examining indicator mineral assemblage dispersal
  • sample media selection, processing, and quality control/assurance

View abstracts
http://gac.esd.mun.ca/gac_2016/search_abs/sub_program.asp?sess=161&form=9

 


 


April 18, 2016
 
Industrial Minerals in British Columbia
Simandl, G.J. and Neetz, M.  
Posted with the permission of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC

 

George Simandl and Michaela Neetz of the British Columbia Geological Survey at the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines give a detailed overview of its non-metallic mineral activity and potential.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/Staff/Documents/BC_IM_03_16.pdf

 

 

March 31, 2016
 
BCGS Job Posting - Geomatics Geoscientist

The British Columbia Geological Survey Branch is searching for a full-time Geomatics Geoscientist

Requisition 31625
Ministry: Energy and Mines
Branch: BC Geological Survey, Mines and Mineral Resources Division
Posting close date: 2016-04-20
Location: Victoria
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Category: Scientific and Technical

British Columbia has a vibrant and growing exploration and mining industry that is supported by the BC Geological Survey through the generation and distribution of pre-competitive geoscience information and knowledge. The BC Geological Survey is British Columbia’s oldest scientific agency and is a branch of the Mines and Mineral Resources Division in the Ministry of Energy and Mines. The Survey is responsible for documenting, assessing and archiving the geology and related mineral and coal resources of the Province.  Accessing and visualizing over 100 years of geoscience data, with supporting web services, attracts and encourages investment from the mineral exploration and mining industry. 
 
As Geomatics Geoscientist you will conduct scientific analytical studies of geoscience data to discover new spatial and thematic relationships between geoscience data elements and publish project results in reports, on maps and in digital databases.  As a skilled analyst, you conduct scientific examination of geoscience data related to geology, geochemistry, geophysics, remote sensing, mineral deposits, environmental impacts and other types of information.  You provide expert advice regarding the mineral potential of specific areas of the Province to support mineral exploration and government land-use planning and decision-making.  Employing expert communication skills and knowledge of geology and mineral deposits in British Columbia, and professional scientific standards, you provide assistance and formal training to industry and government clients on the Ministry geoscience databases and application dissemination tools.


As Geomatics Geoscientist, you will manage geoscience data sets, design and implement data models, apply data and schema conversion and transfer functions, and manage the evaluation, selection and implementation of appropriate tools, software, applications and systems.  You will work with a team to standardize spatial geoscience data management and deliver geoscience data through web services.
 
An effective leader, you guide project teams to develop strategies to stimulate industry mineral exploration, manage procurement processes for vendors and contractors and supervise junior professional employees.  The Geomatics Geoscientist works with industry, government and university partners to build collaborative projects to achieve maximum research value.
 
The British Columbia Geological Survey consists of results-based and client-oriented group of professional geoscientists that strive to be leaders in public geoscience. If you are a geologist with strong geomatics experience, problem solving skills and driven to achieve success, we invite you to apply to this position.


The full job posting, and instructions on how to apply for the position are available on the BC Public Service Agency website:

https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=31625

Applications must be sent directly to the BC Public Service Agency; please do not reply to this email.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Yao.Cui@gov.bc.ca

 

March 16, 2016

Geoscience Map 2016-1

Surficial geology, Moffat Creek area, British Columbia, parts of NTS 93-A/3, NTS 93-A/4, NTS 93-A/5, and NTS 93-A/6.

Travis Ferbey, V.M. Levson, Alain Plouffe

Also released as Geological Survey of Canada, Canadian Geoscience Map 252
The Moffat creek area includes the Woodjam porphyry Cu-Au-Mo developed prospect. Between Moffat and Woodjam creeks, this prospect consists of six mineralized zones: Megabuck, Deerhorn, Spellbound, Southeast, Takom, and Three Firs. Till deposited during the Late Wisconsinan Fraser Glaciation is the predominant glacial sediment in the area. Landform-scale ice-flow indicators such as drumlins and crag-and-tail ridges, and outcrop-scale features such as striations, demonstrate that ice initially flowed south-southwest and later flowed north-northwest. Hummocky topography and eskers suggest that deglaciation was, at least in part, via downwasting of stagnant ice masses. Important accumulations of glaciofluvial sand and gravel deposits in the Horsefly River valley, and in lower volumes in the southwest part of the study area, represent sources of construction aggregate. Retreat-phase glaciolacustrine sediments were deposited in the Horsefly area and Beaver Creek valley at elevations of up to 800 m above sea level. These deposits could be contemporaneous with, and related to, higher water levels in the Fraser or Quesnel river systems during deglaciation and the formation of glacial Lake Fraser. Alternatively, they could be related to local damming of the Beaver Creek and Horsefly River drainages.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Maps/Pages/GM2016-1.aspx

 

 

British Columbia Geological Survey publications are available online at:

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

 

For further information:
email: Geological.Survey@gov.bc.ca
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March 4, 2016

 

Please join the British Columbia Geological Survey at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, March 6 - 9, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Visit our booth (631,  South Trade Floor) to discuss exploration and mining opportunities in British Columbia with Survey staff, and to receive copies of our latest publications.

Sunday, March 6: 9:00 - 5:00
Monday, March 7: 9:00 - 5:00
Tuesday, March 8: 9:00 - 500
Wednesday, March 9:00 - 12:00
  

 


On Wednesday, March 9, two British Columbia Geological Survey geologists will present results from work completed as part of the Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-4)

Level, 700, Room 717
11:15 - 11:40
Strategic materials: Fundamentals and new exploration approaches

George Simandl

3:15 - 3:40
Porphyry indicator minerals in subglacial tills of the southern Canadian Cordillera
Travis Ferbey and Alain Plouffe

 

 









 

 

 


Febuary 19, 2016

 

GeoFile release of posters presented at annual Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference (2016)
 

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

 

GeoFile 2016-5

Ice-flow indicator compilation for the Cordilleran ice sheet

 

Holly Arnold and Travis Ferbey

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2016-5.aspx


GeoFile 2016-6
Graphite deposits: Origin and economic significance.

G.J. Simandl, S. Paradis, M. Neetz, and C. Akam

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2016-6.aspx


GeoFile 2016-7
2015 Skeena Region project highlights

J. Kyba

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2016-7.aspx


GeoFile 2016-8
Mining, exploration, and discovery in the Omineca and Northeast regions, 2015

P. Jago

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2016-8.aspx


GeoFile 2016-9
Exploration and mining in the Kootenay-Boundary Region, 2015

F. Katay

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2016-9.aspx

 

 


Febuary 2, 2016

 

Open File 2000-31  Geochemical exploration models, volume 1: VMS deposits in south-central British Columbia

Ray Lett and W. Jackaman

 

Open File 2000-31 presents the results of surveys that evaluated the geochemical response of precious and polymetallic volcanogenic sulphide (VMS) deposits in Kootenay terrane rocks and developed models for portraying geochemical dispersion in surficial deposits. The update includes a report, maps, and digital data appendices.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2000/Pages/2000-31.aspx

 

 


Open File 2001-7  Geochemical exploration models, volume 2: Shale hosted Pb-Zn-Ag deposits in northeastern British Columbia


Ray E. Lett


Open File 2001-7 summarizes the results of surveys that examined the geochemical response of massive sulphide mineralization in stream sediment, moss mat sediment, spring sediment, spring water, soil and till in the Gataga district of northeastern British Columbia. The update  includes a report, maps, and digital data appendices.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2001/Pages/2001-7.aspx

 

 


January 25, 2016

 

GeoFile 2016-1  Supplementary data for application of trace-element compositions of detrital apatite to explore for porphyry deposits in central British Columbia

Alexei S. Rukhlov, Alain Plouffe, Travis Ferbey, Mao Mao, and Jody Spence

GeoFile 2016-01 provides tables with electron microprobe (EMPA) and laser ablation – inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (LA-
ICP-MS) analytical results of apatite grains separated from till and mineralized bedrock samples collected as part of the Geological Survey of Canada’s collaborative Targeted Geoscience Initiative-4 Program. The samples were obtained from the regions of porphyry mineralization at the Gibraltar, Highland Valley Copper and Mount Polley mines, and the Woodjam developed prospect in central British Columbia. This GeoFile serves as a data repository for interpretations presented by Rukhlov et al. (2016) in Geological Fieldwork 2015, British Columbia Geological Survey Paper 2016-1.

 

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/GF2016-1.aspx

 


January 25, 2016

 

Open File 2016-3  British Columbia surficial geology map index

Holly Arnold and Travis Ferbey

Updating Open File 2013-9, Open File 2016-3 is a province-wide index map that catalogues surficial geology maps produced by the British Columbia Geological Survey, the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), and Geoscience BC. In the digital versions of this index, advanced searches can be conducted on fields such as author, source type (data available in digital or PDF form), or source series (Preliminary maps to A Series or Geoscience maps). Publication page URLs are supplied for each map from which the source files, PDFs or digital data can be downloaded. The index is released in PDF, ESRI Geodatabase, Shapefile, and KMZ formats.

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2016/Pages/2016-3.aspx
 

  


January 22, 2016

 

British Columbia Geological Survey at Roundup Conference 2016

 

British Columbia Geological Survey geologists will be presenting the results of ongoing programs at the annual Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference (2016) sponsored by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AMEBC) at the Vancouver Convention Centre-Canada Place.

 

Monday, January 25
Session: Official opening ceremonies and regional reviews
East Convention Ballroom A/B
 
9:35-9:55
Beating the odds: Mineral exploration and mining in
British Columbia, 2015.

Gordon Clarke, (Director, British Columbia Geological Survey Mineral Development Office; British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines)

 
Tuesday, January 26
Session: Public geoscience
East Exhibit Hall
 
8:30-8:50
Porphyry indicator minerals in tills of the Highland Valley
copper-molybdenum mine Area, south-central British Columbia

Travis Ferbey, Alain Plouffe, Aaron Bustard
 
8:50-10:10
Trace element compositions of detrital apatite: A new tool for mineral exploration
Alexei S. Rukhlov, Mao Mao, Stephen M. Rowins and Travis Ferbey, Alain Plouffe, Laurence A. Coogan and Jody Spence

 


Tuesday January 26
Poster Session: East Convention Level, Ballroom C
British Columbia Geological Survey geoscientists and the Regional Geologists will present posters highlighting latest program activities.

Posters can be viewed Monday to Thursday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Authors will be present to discuss their work on Tuesday afternoon, from 12:00 to 4:00.

 

Arnold, H., and Ferbey, T. Ice-flow indicator compilation for the Cordilleran ice sheet

Cui, Y., and Miller, D. British Columbia Digital Geology: Progress in data integration

Ferbey, T.,  Plouffe, A., and Bustard, A.L. Till geochemistry and porphyry indicator mineral studies in the Highland Valley Cu porphyry district, south-central British Columbia

Han, T., Rukhlov, A.S., and Naziri, M. From lab reports to online distribution: The total solution for the BC Geological Survey’s lithogeochemical data

Jago, P. Mining, exploration, and discovery in the Omineca and Northeast regions, 2015

Katay, F. Exploration and mining in the Kootenay-Boundary Region, 2015

Kyba, J. 2015 Skeena Region project highlights

Mao, M., Simandl, G., Neetz, M., Spence, J., and Marshall, D. Fluorite trace element chemistry and its potential as an indicator mineral

Mihalynuk, M., Zagorevski, A., and Joyce, N.L. Northern end of old porphyry Cu-Au belt in BC: Role of Whitehorse Trough fold and thrust belt

Nelson, J., Kyba, J., and Friedman, R. Detrital zircon data from basal Hazelton clastic strata document the end-Triassic tectonic transition in northern Stikinia

Nixon, G.T., Manor, M.J., Jackson-Brown, S., Scoates, J.S., and Ames, D.E. Magmatic Ni-Cu±PGE deposits at convergent margins

Norris, J., and Fuller, T. Mineral Assessment Reports: An update on two decades of reporting (1996-2014)

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

Rukhlov, A.S., Mao, M., Rowins, S.M., Ferbey, T., Plouffe, A., Coogan, L.A., and Spence, J. Trace-element compositions of detrital apatite: A new tool for mineral exploration

Schiarizza, P. A stratigraphic framework for the Nicola Group: Preliminary results from the Bridge Lake-Quesnel River area

Simandl, G., Paradis, S., Neetz, M., and Akam, C. Graphite deposits: Origin and economic significance

van Straaten, B.I., Nelson, J.L., and Friedman, R.
Tanzilla: A Middle Jurassic syncollisional porphyry on the northeastern margin of Stikinia

van Straaten, B.I., Nelson, J.L., and Friedman, R. Kitsault – Red Mountain: Following the Early Jurassic Texas Creek metallogenic event southward

Zhao, S. and Cui, Y. MapPlace 2: New features and services

 


Wednesday January 27
Presentations at the BC Pavillion
East meeting rooms 19 and 20 (second floor)

10:00 to 12:00
British Columbia Geological Survey project highlights

10:00-10:20: Steve Rowins, Welcome and BCGS overview

10:20-10:40: Larry Jones, Introduction to MapPlace2

10:40-11:00: JoAnne Nelson, Tanzilla: Stikinia's youngest porphyry

11:00-11:20: Bram van Straaten, Kitsault-Red Mountain: Following the Early Jurassic Texas Creek metallogenic event southward

11:20-11:40: Mitch Mihalynuk, Comparison of Nicola and Stuhini arc/porphyry belt geometries and their geodynamic origins

11:40-12:00: Holly Arnold, Ice-flow indicator compilation for the Cordilleran ice sheet

2:00 to 3:40
Regional overviews and highlights

2:00-2:20: Paul Jago, Exploration and mining in the Omineca and Northeast regions, 2015

2:20-2:40: Jim Britton, Thompson-Okanagan-Cariboo Region: Exploration and mining overview

2:40-3:00: Jeff Kyba, Skeena Regional highlights

3:00-3:20: Fiona Katay, Kootenay-Boundary Region: Exploration and mining overview

3:20-3:40: Bruce Northcote, South and West Coast regions: Exploration and mining Overview

3:40 to 4:00 Mineral Titles
Mark Messmer, Chris Newell and Bev Quist, Everything you need to know about reporting exploration work on claims

 

 

January 21, 2016

 

British Columbia Geological Survey Annual Releases

 

At 9:00 a.m., Monday January 25, the British Columbia Geological Survey will release four annual publications

 

Click images to go to webpages. Please note: the links will not function until the specified hour of release.

 

Geological Fieldwork 2015: A Summary of Field Activities and Current Research


British Columbia Geological Survey Paper 2016-01

 

 

 

 

 

Provincial Overview of Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2015


British Columbia Geological Survey Information Circular 2016-1

Information Circular 2016-1 presents the provincial overview and region-by-region summaries in a single volume.

 

 

 

 

 

British Columbia Coal Industry Overview, 2015


British Columbia Geological Survey Information Circular 2016-2

 

 

 

 

 

Selected exploration projects and operating mines in British Columbia 2015


British Columbia Geological Survey Open File 2016-1

by Clarke, G., Britton, J., Jago, P., Katay, F., Kyba, J. and Northcote, B., 2016

 


 


 

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