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TitleGlacial stratigraphic, till geochemical, and indicator mineral studies at the Sisson W-Mo and Mount Pleasant Sn-W-Mo-Bi-In polymetallic deposits, southwestern New Brunswick
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorParkhill, M A; McClenaghan, M BORCID logo; Seaman, A A; Pronk, A G; Rice, J MORCID logo
SourceTGI 4 - Intrusion Related Mineralisation Project: new vectors to buried porphyry-style mineralisation; by Rogers, N (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 7843, 2015 p. 293-316, 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
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in TGI 4 - Intrusion Related Mineralisation Project: new vectors to buried porphyry-style mineralisation
RelatedThis publication is related to the following publications
File formatpdf
ProvinceNew Brunswick
NTS21J/02; 21J/03; 21J/06; 21J/07
AreaMount Pleasant; Sisson
Lat/Long WENS -67.1667 -66.8333 46.5000 46.1667
Subjectseconomic geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; geochemistry; porphyry deposits; porphyry copper; mineral exploration; glacial deposits; tills; till analyses; till geochemistry; stream sediment geochemistry; stream water geochemistry; drift prospecting; drift deposits; dispersal patterns; mineralization; indicator elements; tungsten; molybdenum; tin; bismuth; copper; gold; geochemical analyses; Sisson deposit; Mount Pleasant deposit; Cenozoic; Quaternary
Illustrationslocation maps; photographs
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-4) Intrusion/Porphyry Ore Systems
Released2015 06 11; 2023 03 17
AbstractDuring the Geological Survey of Canada's (GSC) Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI 4; 2010-2015), GSC and the New Brunswick Department of Energy and Mines (NBDEM) conducted indicator mineral case studies around the Sisson W-Mo and the Mount Pleasant Sn-W-Mo-Bi-In polymetallic deposits in New Brunswick. The objective is to document glacial dispersal patterns of W, Mo, Sn, and In-bearing indicator minerals and matrix geochemical signatures in till at varying distances down-ice of the deposits, in support of exploration in New Brunswick and other glaciated terrains. This is the first study to document glacial dispersal of W-bearing minerals around a significant W deposit.
At Sisson, 3 tills are present: Illinoian Northumberland till, Early-Middle Wisconsinan Caledonia till, and the geochemically barren, Younger Dryas, Collins Pond till. This presented sampling challenges as the tills are deposited by ice flows from different source areas and are geochemically distinct but not easy to distinguish. At Sisson, 79 bulk till samples were collected up-ice, overlying, and up to 14 km down-ice (SE) of the deposit. The distribution of sample sites was guided by previous sampling by Kidd Creek Mines and the NBDEM. Stream water, silt, and bulk samples were collected at 16 sites at Sisson to characterize scheelite abundance, size, and shape for comparison with grains in the till. At the Adex-owned Mount Pleasant deposit, 22 bulk till samples were collected. Here, sampling was guided by previous work conducted by N. Szabo (University of New Brunswick) and the NBDEM.
Till sampling was optimized by first collecting 200 g till samples (61 at Sisson and 50 at Mount Pleasant) and determination of W, Mo, Sn, Bi, Sn, and Cu concentrations, using a portable XRF (pXRF) spectrometer. At Sisson, anomalous pXRF concentrations match previously known NBDEM anomalies in the glacial dispersal train extending 14 km to the SE, and correlate well with subsequent borate fusion and aqua regia/ICP-MS analyses of the <0.063 mm fraction of till (up to 815 ppm W, 65 ppm Mo, and 978 ppm Cu). Till, stream, and a suite of bedrock samples have been processed to produce heavy mineral concentrates for assessment of indicator minerals and to characterize the indicator mineral signature of each deposit. Scheelite is abundant in both deposits, and a significant indicator mineral in till down-ice. Other indicator minerals of the Sisson deposit include molybdenite, chalcopyrite, wolframite, Bi minerals, sphalerite, and galena. Cassiterite, topaz, beudantite, anglesite, and wolframite are indicators of the Mount Pleasant deposit.
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 volume summarises research activities completed under the TGI 4 Intrusion Related Mineralisation Project that focused on porphyry-style ore systems related to the Cu- and Cu-Mo deposits of South-Central British Columbia and the Sn-W-Mo-In deposits in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

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