Wecho River Geological Mapping Project
Principal Investigator: Ootes, Luke (5)
Licence Number: 13474
Organization: C.S. Lord Northern Geoscience Centre
Licenced Year(s): 2004 2003
Issued: Jul 02, 2003
Project Team: Carolyn Re

Objective(s): Wecho River project area is in the Slave Structural Province of the Northwest Territories, approximately 100 km north-north-west of Yellowknife. Geological data on the area is sparse and limited to 1:250 000 regional mapping by the Geological Survey of Canada in the late 1940s. Aerially restricted information on the area is contained within mining industry assessment reports. The geology of the area is poorly understood and no modern geoscience data-sets are available. The objective of this mapping project is to define the structural, metamorphic, lithological and geochemical bedrock characteristics of the area, and provide this information in an updated geological database. The information obtained will further the scientific knowledge of the area as well as aid in mineral exploration such as for diamonds or gold deposits. The researchers' work will involve daily walks, noting the details of the rocks they are walking on, and entering information into a computer database. Rock samples (1-5 kg) will sometimes be collected for further examination in a laboratory to obtain additional information. The mapping team will be flown to the area by float plane, where a tent camp will be established. Travel from the camp to survey areas will be by zodiac-style inflatable boat, by foot, and occasionally by helicopter or float plane. Float planes will be used to bring in food and supplies, and to move researchers to new camps and out of the field at the end of the season.