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TitleRare earth element indicator minerals: an example from the Strange Lake deposit, Quebec and Labrador, eastern Canada
AuthorMcClenaghan, M B; Paulen, R C; Kjarsgaard, I M; Fortin, R
SourceWorkshop 5: Application of Indicator Mineral Methods to Bedrock and Sediments; .
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20170224
MeetingExploration '17 Conference; Toronto; CA; October 22-25, 2017
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceQuebec; Newfoundland and Labrador
AreaStrange Lake deposit
Lat/Long WENS -64.5000 -63.5000 56.3333 56.0000
Subjectseconomic geology; geochemistry; mineralogy; indicator elements; rare earths; rare earths geochemistry; rock analyses, rare earth elements; mineral exploration; tills; pyrochlore; columbite; tantalite; glacial deposits
Illustrationslocation maps; geological sketch maps; tables; graphs; photographs
ProgramHudson/Ungava, Northeastern Quebec-Labrador, surficial geology, GEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals
LinksOnline - En ligne
AbstractCurrently no rare earth element (REE) metals are mined or processed in Canada, however, significant REE resource potential exists. Because Canada is a glaciated landscape, indicator mineral methods have the potential to be useful exploration tools. The undeveloped Strange Lake peralkaline complex in eastern Canada (Fig. 1) is one of the world¿s largest deposits of Zr, Y, and heavy rare earth elements (HREE) (Zajac, 2015). The Geological Survey of Canada, under the auspices of the Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals Program (GEM2), collected bedrock and till samples at the deposit to evaluate and test modern indicator mineral methods for detecting REE deposits using glacial sediments. This chapter provides an overview of the indicator mineral methods tested and the results.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This abstract describes the minerals that are indicative of rare earth elements deposits and how they can be used in mineral exploration. It will be presented orally and in workshop notes.