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TitleNunavut Carving Stone Deposit Evaluation Program (2010--2013): third year results
AuthorBeauregard, M A; Ell, J; Pikor, R K; Ham, L J
SourceCanada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, Summary of Activities 2012, 2013 p. 151-162 Open Access logo Open Access
LinksOnline - En ligne(2.87MB)
PublisherCanada-Nunavut Geoscience Office
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
NTS34D; 26; 27; 36; 37; 46; 47; 55; 56; 66
AreaBaffin Island; Melville Peninsula; Sanikiluaq; Belcher Islands; Repulse Bay; Baker Lake; Rankin Inlet; Cape Dorset; Iqaluit; Clyde River; Kivalliq; Qikiqtaaluk; Kitikmeot
Lat/Long WENS-102.0000 -64.0000 73.0000 62.0000
Lat/Long WENS -80.0000 -78.0000 56.5000 56.0000
Subjectseconomic geology; carving stone, commodity; quarries; serpentinites; soapstone; marbles; argillites; resource estimation; resources
Illustrationssketch maps; photographs
Released2013 01 01
AbstractThe Nunavut Carving Stone Deposit Evaluation Program is a collaborative project led by the Government of Nunavut, Department of Economic Development & Transportation and includes the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, the University of Manitoba and Natural Resources Canada. The primary goals of this four-year program are to verify the quality and size of hand-mined carving stone deposits and to identify new deposits throughout Nunavut. To date, many sites of carving stone resources in two of the three regions in Nunavut have been evaluated. Deposits have been characterized by artisan-derived quality, tonnage and composition. A total of 75 sites in proximity to 19 communities were visited and evaluated. A total of 45 carving stone deposits have been defined, of which nine quarries and a further nine undeveloped deposits contain substantial resources of high-quality stone. Sites and deposits in the Kitikmeot Region (western mainland) are to be evaluated in 2013. Two 'major' deposits, previously unknown to the nearest communities, have been confirmed: one in the Kivalliq Region (eastern mainland) west of Repulse Bay and one west of Hall Beach in the Qikiqtaaluk Region (Arctic islands). These findings suggest that Nunavut will have sufficient resources of carving stone to access form any years to come. Research on specific characteristics (e.g., geochemical, isotopic signatures) of selected deposits is being conducted through the University of Manitoba. These results will assist in determining which characteristics of the various rock types are most important in determining suitability as carving stone.

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