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TitleAlteration assemblages and geochemical signatures associated with the Phoenix unconformity-related uranium deposit, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorDann, J; Hattori, K; Potter, E GORCID logo; Sorba, C
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 7366, 2013, 1 sheet, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Meeting2013 PDAC-SEG Canadian Student Chapter Mineral Colloquium; Toronto; CA; March 3-5, 2013
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf
AreaKey Lake; McArthur River
Lat/Long WENS-106.0000 -104.0000 58.0000 57.0000
Subjectseconomic geology; geochemistry; geochemical anomalies; uranium; uranium deposits; mineralization; mineral deposits; geochemical analyses; sedimentary rocks; sandstones; unconformities; unconformity-type deposit; paragenesis; alteration; whole rock geochemistry; whole rock analyses; Athabasca Basin; Phoenix Deposit; Precambrian
Illustrationslocation maps; photomicrographs; spectra; ternary diagrams
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-4) Uranium Ore Systems
Released2013 05 09
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Currently, all of Canada's uranium production comes from the Athabasca Basin. One of the premier recent discoveries is termed the Phoenix deposit, in which high-grade ore is bound by two regional fault systems. This study is the first to outline the geochemical and mineralogical alteration patterns associated with the deposit and is examining the potential for significant remobilization of 'pathfinder elements' along these reactivated faults. While a suite of pathfinder elements has been identified in past studies, analytical advances leading to lower detection limits and acquisition of a regional dataset establishing background values permit refinement to the current state of knowledge. The goal is to characterize any subtle mineralogical, geochemical and isotopic signatures that could facilitate deep exploration and link these to a parallel study examining similar expressions in surficial media.

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