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TitleLithology, mineralogy, and geochemistry of glacial sediments overlying kimberlite at Smeaton, Saskatchewan
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorThorleifson, L H; Garrett, R G
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Bulletin 551, 2000, 40 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
LinksCanadian Database of Geochemical Surveys, downloadable files
LinksBanque de données de levés géochimiques du Canada, fichiers téléchargeables
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Till geochemistry, mineralogy and lithology, and soil geochemistry - data from the 1991-1992 Prairie kimberlite study
File formatpdf
Lat/Long WENS-105.0000 -104.7500 53.5000 53.3750
Subjectsmetallic minerals; industrial minerals; geochemistry; mineralogy; stratigraphy; lithology; glacial deposits; glacial deposits; mineralogical analyses; drift deposits; kimberlites; gold; cores; boreholes; diamond; analyses; electron probe analyses; geochemical analyses; garnet; ilmenite; clinopyroxene; diopside; pyrope; shales; tills; sands; boulders; exploration guidelines; stratigraphic analyses; Quaternary; Precambrian
Illustrationssketch maps; analyses
ProgramCanada-Saskatchewan Partnership Agreement on Mineral Development, 1990-1995
Released2000 07 01; 2016 01 12
AbstractQuaternary glacial sediments over 100 m thick overlie interbedded Cretaceous shale and extrusive kimberlite debris at a site near Smeaton, Saskatchewan. These sediments consist of diamicts interpreted as till, with minor sand, silt, and clay interbeds. The uppermost sediments, 34.6 m thick, contain few kimberlite indicator minerals, but are rich in shield debris, thus resembling, in composition, northerly-derived till that occurs at surface throughout the region between the exposed shield and the North Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan rivers. Underlying sediments, 33.6 m thick, contain numerous kimberlite indicator minerals, and are carbonate rich to very carbonate rich, resembling in composition northeasterly to easterly derived surface till throughout the region south of the Saskatchewan River and east of The Missouri Coteau. The lowermost sediments, 32.2 m thick, contain few kimberlite indicator minerals, but contain both shield and carbonate erratics in intermediate amounts, and are thus of an approximately northeasterly derivation.

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