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TitleGeospatial integration of regional geochemical data with the uranium exploration model to enhance exploration in the Athabasca Basin, Canada
AuthorPotter, E; Wright, D
Source2015 CIM Convention, technical abstracts booklet/Congrès ICM 2015, livret des résumés techniques; 2015 p. 20
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20150004
PublisherCanadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
MeetingCIM 2015; Montreal; CA; May 10-13, 2015
File formatpdf
ProvinceSaskatchewan; Alberta
NTS64E; 64M; 64L; 74E; 74F; 74G; 74H; 74I; 74J; 74K; 74L; 74M; 74N; 74O; 74P
AreaAthabasca Basin
Lat/Long WENS-112.0000 -102.0000 60.0000 57.0000
Subjectsgeochemistry; economic geology; geochemical surveys; geochemical analyses; uranium; uranium deposits; exploration methods; geographic information system
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-4), Uranium Ore Systems
AbstractWith the recent compilation of a regional geochemistry database for the Athabasca Basin, integration of regional geochemical data with other components of the uranium exploration model provides another tool to improve exploration successes in this prolific mining camp. The Athabasca Basin, located in northern Saskatchewan and Alberta, hosts the world¿s highest grade unconformity-associated uranium deposits. While most of known deposits occur along the shallow, eastern margin of the basin, recent discoveries in the underlying basement rocks and in deeper portions of the basin highlight the need for cost effective means of targeting resources at significant depths (eg >800 m).
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
The Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-4) is a collaborative federal geoscience program that provides industry with the next generation of geoscience knowledge and innovative techniques to better detect buried mineral deposits, thereby reducing some of the risks of exploration. This presentation abstract highlights the importance in exploration of geospatial integration of regional geochemical signatures with lineaments and conceptual models. To illustrate these relationships, examples of geochemical signatures associated with unconformity-related uranium deposits from the Athabasca Basin are outlined.