Sekwi Mountain Project
Principal Investigator: Martel, Edith (5)
Licence Number: 13972
Organization: Northwest Territories Geoscience Office
Licenced Year(s): 2007 2006
Issued: May 02, 2006
Project Team: Edith Martel (Leader, NTGO), Beth Fisher (Master's student, University of Laurentia), Steve Gordey (Research scientist, GSC Pacific), Charlie Roots (Research scientist, GSC Pacific), Rob MacNaughton (Research scientist, GSC Calgary), Karen Fallas (Research scientist, GSC Calgary), Liz Turner (M.Sc. Supervisor, University of Laurentian), Chris Leslie (Master's student, UBC), Kirsten Rasmussen (Student, UBC), Andy Parmenter (student, UNB)

Project Description: The Sekwi Mapping Project is aimed at defining the structural, stratigraphic, metallogenic and geochronological characteristics of the bedrock of a segment of the Mackenzie Mountains. The project will also involve assessment of the mineral, diamond and hydrocarbon potential of the area. This information will provide an updated geological database that will include a GIS-based compilation of bedrock geology, geophysical data, satellite images, and mineral occurrences for the area.

The mapping team will travel from Norman Wells and/or Wrigley by fixed-wing flight to the study area in late June. The team will be flown out of the field in late August. A camp will be established and will consist of six researchers. With helicopter support, researchers will make daily treks, noting the details of the rocks that they walk on. The data will be inserted into palm pilots (handheld computers) during the day, and upon return to camp in the evening, the data will be transferred into a computer database. On occasion, 1-5 kg samples of rocks will be collected for laboratory analysis. Collection of samples will be done with a hammer. No heavy equipment will be required for this sampling program. Rock samples will provide information on the composition and age of rocks, and will aid in chronicling changes to the rocks since their formation. In more remote portions of the study area, a number of two-person camps will be established, where field investigations will take from four to five days.

Reports and maps will be made available to the public after this field season. Downloadable copies of publications will be available free-of-charge through the project website. Hard copies will be made available through the NWT Geoscience Office in Yellowknife.
The study will be conducted from June 26 to September 1, 2006 at Sekwi Mountain, Mount Eduni and Wrigley Lake located between 63° 00’ and 65° 00’ and 128° 00’ and 130° 00’.