Canadian Mining Journal


Roundup 2016: Geoscience BC’s much needed new survey results for explorers in BC

VANCOUVER — Bruce Madu, VP of minerals & mining for Geoscience BC, has already lined up some interesting targets from the newly released airborne magnetic survey the organization flew last year over west-central B.C., but he’s going to leave it to explorers to find the pay dirt.

Geoscience BC revealed the survey results at a press conference Jan. 26 at the Mineral Exploration Roundup convention in Vancouver, and Madu said the data will help guide explorers into a new frontier of mineral exploration for the province.

“Finding mineral deposits is a metaphorical hunt for a needle in a hay stack,” he said. “With vast tracks of underexplored terrain, knowing where to start is a major challenge – there are endless haystacks. Good geoscience helps explorers narrow their focus and get into the right places to make new discoveries.”

Highlights of the high definition survey are displayed beside the presenters as a smattering of bright pink and blues, which geoscientists can interpret as the many geological structures and rock types that may be of economic interest.

Madu says that the $2.4 million survey – which was flown at 250-metre line spacing over a 6,700 km2 area reaching from Kitimat, Terrace, through to Smithers – was a much needed makeover for this part of the province.

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