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TitlePhysical properties of Canadian kimberlites, Somerset Island, Northwest Territories, and Saskatchewan
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorKatsube, T J; Scromeda, N
SourceInterior Plains and Arctic Canada/Plaines intérieures et région arctique du Canada; by Geological Survey of Canada; Geological Survey of Canada, Current Research no. 1994-B, 1994 p. 35-42, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Interior Plains and Arctic Canada
File formatpdf
ProvinceSaskatchewan; Nunavut
NTS58C; 58D; 73G/07
AreaSomerset Island; Sturgeon Lake
Lat/Long WENS-106.0000 -104.0000 57.0000 56.0000
Lat/Long WENS-96.0000 -88.0000 74.0000 73.0000
Subjectsindustrial minerals; geophysics; density; magnetic susceptibility; porosity; resistivity; kimberlites; diamond; electrical resistivity; geophysical surveys
Illustrationssketch maps; analyses
ProgramCanada-Northwest Territories Mineral Initiatives, 1991-1996
ProgramCanada-Saskatchewan Partnership Agreement on Mineral Development, 1990-1995
Released1994 02 01
AbstractPhysical properties (density, magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, porosity, formation factor, surface resistivity) were measured on 26 Canadian kimberlite samples for information required in exploration of kimberlite-hosted diamond deposits. Following previous studies on fewer samples and parameters, this paper provides a more complete set of measurements to link geophysical parameters to geological characteristics. Results suggest that porosity is a major factor controlling density, formation factor and electrical resistivity of these kimberlites, with additional factors of significance influencing resistivity. There are indications of porous kimberlites being altered, and nonporous ones being fresh. Magnetic susceptibilities seem unrelated to other parameters. Archie's coefficients may show characteristics unique to kimberlites. This is primarily a documentation of physical properties of some kimberlite samples. Continuing studies on quantitative relationships between mineralogy (primary and secondary), petrographic textural type (crater, diatreme, or hypabyssal facies), and physical properties are expected to provide geophysical signatures unique to kimberlites.

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