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GEOPHYSICS: New IP technology from Abitibi probes 450 metres below surface

QUEBEC - Abitibi Geophysics, of Val d'Or, has a new induced polarization survey technology that recently documented the existence of mineral deposits as deep as 450 metres under the bed of Quebec's frozen Lake Pusticamica.



QUEBEC – Abitibi Geophysics, of Val d’Or, has a new induced polarization survey technology that recently documented the existence of mineral deposits as deep as 450 metres under the bed of Quebec’s frozen Lake Pusticamica.

Under contract to Cartier Resources, a Quebec junior gold mining company, Abitibi Geophysics deployed its proprietary OreVision IP system of electrical probes and sensors to map deposits on Cartier’s Benoist property between the Bachelor and Langlois mines.

“Having the ability to detect mineralization to these new depths could be a game changer for the Benoist project,” commented Philippe Cloutier, president and CEO of Cartier. “Since this new method offers depth of investigation unparalleled by other technologies while keeping optimal resolution from surface to depth, it could help us find more mineralization faster for a reasonable investment”.

Previous geophysical surveys using standard IP technology failed to detect deposits there due to the depth of mineralization, determined to be between 150 and 450 meters, according to Cartier Resources. Prior surveys could reliably probe depths of only 90 metres.

Abitibi Geophysics, which introduced OreVision IP in 2013, says its deep detection method costs the same as traditional IP surveys but produces mapping that’s as clear at 400 metres underground as traditional IP results at one-fourth the depth. The company says its system captures and processes four times more data than conventional IP surveys.

Abitibi president Pierre Bérubé said, “The convincing clarity and field of vision of OreVision IP could help energize the metals mining industries and boost investor confidence in projects employing this new technology. The results from Pusticamica Lake show that it’s a proven technology for finding the most promising locations for development and finding them in less time.”

Visit the website at AGeophysics.com to learn more.