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TitleTemporal and spatial distribution of magmatic Cr-(PGE), Ni-Cu-(PGE), and Fe-Ti-(V) deposits in the Bird River--Uchi--Oxford-Stull--La Grande Rivière--Eastmain domains: a new metallogenic province within the Superior Craton
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorHoulé, M G; Lesher, C M; McNicoll, V J; Metsaranta, R T; Sappin, A-AORCID logo; Goutier, J; Bécu, V; Gilbert, H P; Yang, E M
SourceTargeted Geoscience Initiative 4: Canadian nickel-copper-platinum group elements-chromium ore systems -- fertility, pathfinders, new and revised models; by Ames, D EORCID logo (ed.); Houlé, M G (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 7856, 2015 p. 35-48, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4: Canadian nickel-copper-platinum group elements-chromium ore systems -- fertility, pathfinders, new and revised models
File formatpdf
ProvinceManitoba; Ontario; Quebec
NTS42; 52; 43; 33
AreaBird River
Lat/Long WENS -96.0000 -70.0000 56.0000 49.0000
Subjectsmetallic minerals; igneous and metamorphic petrology; modelling; nickel; platinum; chromium; ore mineral genesis; metallogeny; mineral deposits; magmatic deposits; mineralization; Bird River Greenstone Belt; Superior Province; McFaulds Lake greenstone belt; Bird River Domain; Uchi domain; La Grande Rivière domain; Eastmain domain; Winnipeg River terrane; Oxford-Stull domain; North Caribou terrane; Island Lake domain; Precambrian
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-4) Mafic-Ultramafic Ore Systems
Released2015 06 22; 2023 03 17
AbstractChromium and Fe-Ti-(V) mineralization in ultramafic-mafic intrusions is known to occur in several areas of the Superior Province, but was considered to be of marginal significance until the discovery of world-class Cr deposits and potentially significant Fe-Ti-(V) mineralization in the McFaulds Lake greenstone belt ("Ring of Fire") of northern Ontario. Cr-(PGE), Ni-Cu-(PGE), and Fe-Ti-(V) deposits/occurrences in the northern part of the Superior Province occur predominantly within Meso to Neoarchean supracrustal successions along the margins and within the interiors of the Bird River-Uchi-Oxford-Stull-La Grande Rivière–Eastmain domains (i.e. BUOGE domains). These domains define a new metallogenic province within the Superior Province characterized by the presence of major Cr-(PGE) with Ni-Cu-(PGE) and Fe-Ti-(V) metal associations that appear to be fundamentally different from other parts of the Craton, such as the Abitibi greenstone belt or the apparently relatively unmineralized North Caribou core, Island Lake, and Goudalie domains. Despite the fact that only the Cr-(PGE) deposits and Ni-Cu-(PGE) deposits (Eagle's Nest) in the McFaulds Lake greenstone belt appear to be potentially economic, the presence of a significant amount of Cr-(PGE) mineralization across the BUOGE domains highlights the prospectivity of these regions of the Superior Province.
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 summarizes 22 research activities completed under the TGI-4 Ni-Cu-PGE-Cr ore systems project that focused on revised and new geologic models for Ni-Cu-PGE, PGE-Cu and Cr deposits, innovative techniques for determining potential fertility of intrusion (Ni-Cu-PGE), and defining pathfinders for Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization.

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