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TitleReconnaissance-scale till survey in the New Liskeard-Temagami region, Ontario: kimberlite indicator minerals and geochemistry
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorMcClenaghan, M BORCID logo; Kjarsgaard, I M; Kjarsgaard, B AORCID logo
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 4086, 2001, 92 pages; 1 CD-ROM, Open Access logo Open Access
LinksCanadian Database of Geochemical Surveys, downloadable files
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PublisherGeological Survey of Canada
Documentopen file
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RelatedThis publication is superceded by Reconnaissance-scale till survey in the New Liskeard-Temagami region, Ontario: kimberlite indicator minerals and geochemistry
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NTS31M/12SW; 31M/12SE; 31M/03SE; 31M/03NE; 31M/04; 31M/05; 31M/06SE; 31M/06NE; 31M/13SW; 31L/13; 31L/14SW; 31L/14NW; 41I/16SE; 41I/16NE; 41P/01SE; 41P/01NE; 41P/08SE; 41P/08NE; 41P/09SE
AreaNew Liskeard; Temagami
Lat/Long WENS -80.1333 -79.3167 47.6333 46.8000
Subjectsgeochemistry; surficial geology/geomorphology; till analyses; till geochemistry; tills; kimberlites; plutonic rocks; igneous rocks; ilmenite; chromite; garnet; diopside; gold; pebble lithology; Quaternary
Illustrationslocation maps; photographs; tables; geoscientific sketch maps; flow diagrams; plots; ternary diagrams
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-1), 2000-2003
Released2001 09 01; 2017 08 08
AbstractThis report describes results of a reconnaissance-scale kimberlite indicator mineral (KIM) till survey in the area south of the known Lake Timiskaming kimberlite field, between New Liskeard and Marten River. The survey provides information on the regional background content of KIM in till, the nature of KIM signatures in till just down-ice of known kimberlites, and, the distribution of KIM anomalies that warrant further investigation.
Three phases of flow are associated with erosion, transportation and deposition of till in the region. The main carriers of glacial debris, however, were the two oldest ice flows to the southwest and south. A large dispersal train of Paleozoic limestone derived from upper Lake Timiskaming trends south-southwest across the area, but has been truncated in its proximal part (Latchford area) by the last southeast ice flow indicating that in this area, southeast ice flow was a major carrier of debris. These situations have to be taken into consideration in the interpretation of dispersal trains formed by the three major ice flows.
Mg-ilmenite is the most abundant and widespread KIM in the till in the study area. Chromite occurs in approximately the same till samples that contain Mgilmenite, but is generally present in lower abundances. Pyrope in till is approximately half as abundant as Mg-ilmenite. Cr-diopside is similar in abundance to pyrope and is present in almost every sample. Elevated Crdiopside abundances that are not accompanied by other KIMs likely are not from kimberlite. Anomalous concentrations of kimberlite indicator minerals in till occur: on the Red Squirrel Road; near Temagami; along Highway 11 in the central part of the study area; on the east side of Lake Timiskaming; and on the Rabbit Lake forest access road. Some of these anomalies coincide with anomalies identified by the OGS in their recent stream sediment survey (Allan, 2001). Additional till sampling combined with geophysics should be conducted to determine the extent of the KIM anomalies and trace them to their bedrock source, with a sample spacing that is much smaller ( <500 m) than used in this reconnaissance survey.

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