Publication Summary
Issue ID: GBCR2006-01-29
Title: Glacial and Stream Sediments Sampling in Support of Kimberlite Exploration in Northeastern B.C.
Author(s): Plouffe, A., Smith, I.R., McCurdy, M., Friske, P., Ferbey, T., Bednarski, J., Levson, V.M., Demchuk, T.E., Trommelen, M., Day, S., Hickin, A.S.
Series Name: Geoscience BC Report
Publication Year: 2006
Other Citation Details: Geoscience BC Report 2006-1
Larger Work Citation: in Geological Fieldwork 2005, Geoscience BC Report 2006-01, pages 337 to 342
NTS Map Sheet(s): 094G, 094H, 094I, 094J, 094O, 094P
Place Keyword(s): British Columbia, Northeastern British Columbia
Lat/Long (NSWE): 60, 56, -124.6, -120
Theme Keyword(s): Geoscience BC Fieldwork, geochemistry, kimberlite, mineral exploration, till
The objective of this project is to evaluate the mineral potential of the region northeast of Fort Nelson, BC, in particular the potential to host diamondiferous kimberlites, with the intended benefit of promoting future investment in natural resources exploration. The project is funded by the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and by Geoscience BC (GBC). The Resource Development and Geoscience Branch (RDGB) of the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (BC MEMPR) also has been conducting Quaternary geology studies in the region and in collaboration with the GSC have undertaken a surficial geology mapping project in this area since 2003. The new project outlined here builds on that collaborative work and receives additional benefit from two Masters theses projects, which are aimed at mapping surficial geology and reconstructing the glacial history of regions on and adjacent to the Etsho Plateau (Demchuk et al., 2005; Trommelen et al., 2005). This project was stimulated by the announcement of the first recorded occurrence of kimberlite indicator minerals (KIMs) in northeastern BC by members of this joint provincial-federal research group at the Mineral Exploration Roundup 2005 (Simandl, 2005). KIMs were found in 14 out of 22 samples of glaciofluvial sediment submitted for analysis (Levson et al., 2004). Soon after the official release of results, mineral staking occurred in six areas of northern BC.