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Released! 3D Kimberlite Indicator Mineral Chemistry Data from the Slave Geological Province

Northspan Hornet Reverse Circulation (RC) drill. Credit: Aurora Geoscience
Northspan Hornet Reverse Circulation (RC) drill. Credit: Aurora Geoscience

New Kimberlite Indicator Mineral (KIM) Chemistry in the Central Slave Geological Province was released on March 30, 2017 at 8:30am (MDT) on Gateway, Northwest Territories Geological Survey:

NWT Open Report 2017-011- Slave Province Surficial Materials and Permafrost Study — Kimberlite Indicator Mineral Chemistry from the 2015 Reverse Circulation Drilling Program, Northwest Territories.

NWT Open Report 2017-011 is the latest geoscience research arising from the Slave Province Surficial Materials and Permafrost Study, conducted from 2015-2016, designed to inform a variety of mineral exploration, geological and environmental research objectives. This research has the potential to benefit future exploration for diamond deposits in the Central Slave Geological Province

Two earlier studies from the Slave Province Surficial Materials and Permafrost Study provide insight into the till samples collected from the reverse circulation drilling program (see links to the reports below). NWT Open Report 2016-012 reports till geochemistry from the reverse circulation drill sampling, and NWT Open Report 2016-018 reports KIM picking results.

Combined, the three reports provide a valuable new 3D till geochemistry and indicator mineral database, useful for advancing research and mineral exploration interests. The research for the three studies was carried out by the NTGS and funded by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).

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“The Slave Geological Province is a promising mining region and offers significant economic opportunity. Through this innovative 3D geoscience data, we will gain a more accurate understanding of the mineral and surficial potential of this area and demonstrate that the Northwest Territories has the resource potential and scientific research needed to attract investment.”

-Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Quick Facts

  • The Slave Geological Province is one of the most promising mining regions in Canada and includes a number of gold, diamond, base metal and rare-earth deposits.
  • The latest data includes KIM chemistry from 12,444 picked mineral grains from the Lac de Gras Area. The individual mineral grains were chemically characterized to determine if they originated from kimberlite – the host rock for diamonds.
  • Surficial sediment sampling via reverse circulation drilling was used to generate the new regional 3D indicator mineral and till geochemistry database for the study area.

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Updated 31 March 2017