Hydrothermal event recognition and vectoring to SEDEX ore system in shale basins, Yukon and NWT
Principal Investigator: Paradis, Suzanne (3)
Licence Number: 15188
Organization: Geological Survey of Canada
Licenced Year(s): 2013 2012 2011
Issued: Feb 04, 2013
Project Team: Dr Bruce Taylor (Geochemist, Geological Survey of Canada), Dr Jan Peter (Geochemist, Geologist, Geological Survey of Canada)

Objective(s): To identify some proximal (close) and distal (at a distance) mineralogical and chemical elements that will indicate that rocks in a sedimentary basin are likely or not to be rich in metals.

Project Description: The objectives of this research project are to identify some proximal (close) and distal (at a distance) mineralogical and chemical elements that will indicate that rocks in a sedimentary basin are likely or not to be rich in metals.

To achieve the objectives, preliminary field work will continue during the summer months of July and August of 2013 and 2014.

The field work consists of:
- familiarizing the research team with the regional and basin-scale geology at and around Prairie Creek; and
- collecting representative small samples from drill holes stored at one exploration site.

The samples will be subsequently analysed in laboratories, using various techniques to help define the mineral and chemical composition of the rocks. Over the next few years, microanalytical methods for in-situ measurement of trace elements of mineral phases (apatite, pyrite, feldspar etc.) within host-, footwall-, and hanging wall sedimentary rocks will be developed.

This project will be conducted in partnership with the Northwest Territories Geoscience Office. Community visits are ongoing, and discussions will occur with the Land Corporations, Resource councils and Band councils with regards to the results of the studies. Several territorial and federal reports and theses will be available to the public; and results of the project will be presented at public conferences during the length of the project.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from June 2, 2013 to September 30, 2013.