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TitleLead and sulphur isotopes of sphalerite and galena grains recovered from till samples, northwest Alberta
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorPaulen, R CORCID logo; Plouffe, AORCID logo; Paradis, SORCID logo; Smith, I RORCID logo
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 7541, 2014, 20 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
Documentopen file
Mediadigital; on-line
File formatreadme
File formatpdf; rtf; xls
NTS84L; 84M
AreaZama Lake; Hay Lake; Zama City; Bistcho Lake; Jackfish Point; Hay River; Rainbow Lake; High Level
Lat/Long WENS-120.0000 -118.0000 60.0000 58.0000
Subjectsgeochronology; surficial geology/geomorphology; economic geology; sphalerite; galena; indicator elements; kimberlites; diamond; mineral potential; isotopes; isotope ratios; sulphur isotope ratios; lead isotope ratios; glacial deposits; tills; till samples; till analyses; drift prospecting; mineral exploration; glacial history; deglaciation; ice movement directions; ice flow; ice transport directions; dispersal patterns; mineral distribution; zinc; mineralization; Great Slave Lake Shear Zone; Pine Point Lead Zinc Deposit; Cenozoic; Quaternary
Illustrationslocation maps; plots; histograms
ProgramGSC Northern Canada Division
Released2014 01 23
AbstractThis report presents the analytical data from Pb and S isotope analyses from sphalerite and galena grains recovered from bulk till samples collected from the north-central sector of the Zama Lake (NTS 84L) and south-central sector of the Bistcho Lake (NTS 84M) map sheets, northwest Alberta. The main objective of the isotope analyses is to evaluate if the Pine Point Mississippi Valley-type (MVT) deposit could be a potential source for the sphalerite and galena grains recovered in till. Results indicate that the sphalerite grains recovered from the till have a Pb isotopic composition identical to ore samples from other occurrences along the Great Slave Lake Shear Zone. Results from the S isotope analyses indicate that the source of sphalerite and galena in the till is not from the Pine Point MVT deposit, but from a local source situated along the Great Slave Lake Shear Zone. The source of the sphalerite and galena remains undiscovered but it could be from a sedimentary hosted zinc occurrence.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Data release of isotopic analyses conducted on galena and sphalerite grains recovered from till samples in northwest Alberta, during NRD Program (2003-2007). This is a legacy data release to promote further mineral exploration, a long term outcome of the NRD Program.

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