Contents

New Publications (direct links below):

·       Geological Fieldwork 2009

·       Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2009

·       Mines and Mineral Exploration Overview 2009

·       Open File 2010-01: Operating Mines and Selected Major Exploration Projects

·       Open File 2010-02: Communities Benefiting from Mineral Exploration and Mining

·       Geofile 2010-01: Boundary Project: Geochronology and Geochemistry

·       Geofile 2010-03: Vermiculite Resources of British Columbia, Canada

·       Geofile 2010-04: Carbonate-hosted sulphide and nonsulphide Pb-Zn mineralization, Cariboo terrane, BC

Upcoming Releases and Events:

·       BC Geology Map QUEST Area Update, January 18th at 11:00 am

·       Larry Diakow and George Simandl will be presenting their talks in the Public Geoscience Session at Roundup on the morning of January 19th.

·       Visit staff at the MEMPR booth or the Seymour Room during Roundup

Geological Fieldwork 2009: A summary of field activities and current research

Paper 2010-01

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Fieldwork/Pages/GeologicalFieldwork2009.aspx

The annual Geological Fieldwork: A Summary of Field Activities and Current Research volume is the primary publication for reporting results of the previous season’s mapping and research activities.  It contains geoscience articles produced by BC Geological Survey staff and external authors on topics relevant to British Columbia.  This is the premier annual publication for the BC Geological Survey.

Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2009

D. Grieve, J. Fredericks, B. Madu, B. Northcote and P. Wojdak

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/ExplorationinBC/Pages/2009.aspx

British Columbia Mines and Mineral Exploration Overview 2009

D. Grieve, J. Fredericks, B. Madu, B. Northcote and P. Wojdak

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/MineralExplorationReview/Documents/EX-OVERVIEW_IC2010-1.pdf

Operating Mines and Selected Major Exploration Projects in British Columbia 2009

D. Grieve, B. Madu, B. Northcote, P. Wojdak, J. Fredericks, S. Meredith-Jones and P. Saunders

Open File 2010-01

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2010/Pages/2010-1.aspx

Communities Benefiting from Mineral Exploration in British Columbia 2009

D. Grieve, B. Madu, B. Northcote, P. Wojdak, J. Fredericks, S. Meredith-Jones and P. Saunders

Open File 2010-02

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/2010/Pages/2010-2.aspx

Boundary Project: Geochronology and Geochemistry of Jurassic and Eocene Intrusions, Southern British Columbia (NTS 082E) – U/Pb zircon and Ar40/Ar39 analytical data tables

N.D.W. Massey, J.E. Gabites, J.K. Mortensen and T.D. Ullrich

Geofile 2010-01

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2010-1.aspx

This geofile complements Massey et al. (2010), which presents the results of isotopic dating and lithogeochemical studies of several of the granitic intrusions in the study area.  This geofile presents the full analytical data tables for samples analysed by both laser-ablation ICP-MS on zircons and Ar40/Ar39 on hornblende and biotite separates.

Vermiculite Resources of British Columbia, Canada: Geology, market review and economic potential

G.J. Simandl, S. Paradis, L. Simandl and J. Dahrouge

Geofile 2010-03

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2010-3.aspx

Expanded vermiculite is used as a lightweight aggregate in concrete, an additive in a variety of acoustic, thermal and fire insulation products, in soil conditioning, as a fertilizer or insecticide carrier, and in absorbent packing, paints and sealants. There is currently no vermiculite produced within the province of British Columbia. Only four localities in the BC MINFILE list vermiculite as a commodity.

Carbonate-hosted sulphide and nonsulphide Pb-Zn mineralization, Cariboo terrane, BC, Canada

S. Paradis, G. J. Simandl, J. Bradford, C. Leslie and C. Brett

Geofile 2010-04

http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/GeoFiles/Pages/2010-4.aspx

Under favourable geological, climatic, topographic and hydrological conditions, the weathering of carbonate-hosted, sulphide deposits may result in the formation of economically significant direct replacement and wallrock replacement nonsulphide base metal deposits. Nonsulphide deposits were the main source of zinc in the 19th century. Due to the metallurgical innovations during the early 20th century, the interest of explorationists shifted to sulphide ores. For a variety of environmental and economic reasons, nonsulphide deposits are again representing attractive exploration targets; however, they are commonly overlooked.

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Most provincial geoscience data can be easily accessed over the internet in map format at:

www.MapPlace.ca and through various thematic pages at www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience 

Printed BC Geological Survey geoscience publications are available from Crown Publications Inc.

Tel: 250-387-6409               Fax: 250-387-1120

Email: crown@pinc.com   Website: www.crownpub.bc.ca/

Questions or to update your contact info please contact Tania Demchuk:

Email: Tania.Demchuk@gov.bc.ca  Tel: 250-952-0417         Fax: 250-386-0221

 

BC Geological Survey

British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Mining and Minerals Division

Release Notification 2010-02

January 18, 2010