A new area with high potential for diamond exploration in northern Quebec has been found during a recent survey funded by the federal and Quebec natural resources departments. It lies along the western Saindon-Cambrien Corridor. Two sites were found that contain high-chromium picro-ilmenite and high-chromium diopside. Both are strong indicator minerals of the presence of diamondiferous kimberlite.
The details of the joint project and the results of the reconnaissance study were made public at the 23rd Geological Research Information Seminar held late last month in Quebec City. The discovery was made as part of the Far North Mining Exploration Program undertaken by Quebec in 1997. Natural Resources Canada is participating as part of its Targeted Geoscience Initiative.
A map of the area can be found on the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources web site at www.mrn.gouv.qc.ca/inc/mines/quebec-mines/2002-11/images/fig6_diamant.jpg