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TitleDevelopment of indicator mineral methods for base metal and uranium exploration in glaciated terrain
AuthorMcClenaghan, M B; Paulen, R; Hicken, A; Oviatt, N; Robinson, S; Layton-Matthews, D; Gleeson, S; Averill, S
SourceProgramme and abstracts. The 25th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium 2011; by Sarala, P; Ojala, V J; Porsanger, M-L; Vuorimiesyhdistys ; Finnish Association of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Series B B92-1, 2011 p. 150
Year2011
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20110024
PublisherVuorimiesyhdistys - Finnish Association of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers
Meeting25th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium; Rovaniemi; FI; August 22-26, 2011
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectssurficial geology/geomorphology; economic geology; mineral exploration; mineral deposits; uranium; base metals; exploration; mineral exploration; drift prospecting; glacial deposits; indicator minerals
ProgramGEM Tri-Territorial information management & databases (Tri-Territorial Indicator Minerals Framework), GEM: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals
AbstractAnalogous to kimberlites, base metal and uranium deposits have characteristic suites of indicator minerals that can be recovered from surficial sediments. However, limited research has been conducted to document the abundance and chemistry of these minerals within the deposits and how they are dispersed in glacial sediments. To address this knowledge gap, the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) through its Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) Program, has collected suites of bedrock and till samples around two base metal and one uranium deposit in Canada. The objectives of these case studies are to characterize the geochemical and mineralogical signature of specific deposit types at the deposit- and camp-scale at varying distances up- and down-ice, to define background and to establish methods for indicator mineral recovery and characterization. Results from case studies at the Izok Lake Zn-Cu-Pb-Ag VMS deposit, Pine Point Pb-Zn MVT deposits, and the Kiggavik U deposit will be presented. These case studies add to the broad spectrum of commodities (diamonds, base and precious metals, uranium) that indicator minerals methods are now used for.
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