South Rae Project

Regions: South Slave Region

Tags: physical sciences, geology, bedrock, soil chemistry, mineral exploration

Principal Investigator: Pehrsson, Sally J (7)
Licence Number: 15682
Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Licensed Year(s): 2016 2015 2014 2012
Issued: Jun 08, 2015
Project Team: Janet Campbell (Surficial mapping lead, NRCan), Edith Martel (Bedrock mapping lead, NTGO), Martin McCurdy (Lake sediment sampling lead, NRCan), Hendrik Falck (Lake sediment scientist, NTGO), Pedro Acosta Gongora (Post-doctoral fellow, NRCan), Gabriel Lauzon (M.Sc. student, University of Ottawa), Dylan Jamison (M.Sc. student, University of Waterloo), Eric Thiessen (Ph.D. student, Simon Fraser University), TBA-camp manager (Camp manager), TBA-cook (Camp cook), Dan Gibson (Professor, Ph.D. supervisor, Simon Fraser University), Shoufa Lin (Professor, M.Sc. supervisor, University of Waterloo), Martin Roy (Professor, M.Sc. supervisor, University of Ottawa), Blake Mowbray (field assistant, university), junior 2 (field assistant, university), junior 3 (field assistant, university)

Objective(s): To conduct Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Program, designed to upgrade the geoscience knowledge base in Canada’s North to modern standards.

Project Description: This work is part of NRCan’s Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Program, designed to upgrade the geoscience knowledge base in Canada’s North to modern standards.

A team of 10-15 scientists set up a temporary camp in the area of interest. Float planes, helicopter and boats are used to access remote areas. The scientists walk on the land and make observations, take notes and draw sketches. Small rock, soil and lake sediment samples (up to 10 kg) are collected using hammers and shovels and sent for analysis in laboratories. The observations are compiled and the results of analysis are used to prepare new geological maps for the area of interest. Samples will be archived at the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa. The data, maps and reports will be used in the longer term for land-use decision-making.

Local service providers such as fixed wing and rotary aircraft, groceries, fuel, hotels will see economic benefits. Educational presentations made upon request.

Results will be published as reports, maps and papers and will be available free for download from the Geological Survey of Canada and the Northwest Territories Geoscience Office websites. Presentations to scientific conferences (e.g. Yellowknife Geoscience Forum). Presentations and copies of reports can be made for the community upon request.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from June 15, 2015 to July 19, 2015.