Mackenzie Mountains Aeromagnetic Survey

Regions: Gwich'in Settlement Area, Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region

Tags: physical sciences, mineral exploration, aeromagnetic survey

Principal Investigator: Kiss, Frank (7)
Licence Number: 16197
Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Licensed Year(s): 2018
Issued: Jan 09, 2018
Project Team: Frank Kiss (Geophysicist, NRCan), Olivier Boulanger (Geophysicist, NRCan)

Objective(s): To conduct an airborne survey that will acquire high-resolution aeromagnetic data.

Project Description: The objective of this airborne survey is to acquire high-resolution aeromagnetic data. This survey will be flown to improve the knowledge of the area. It will support potential future ground-based geological mapping and to provide basic information to support mineral exploration.

The survey will consist of approximately 53,000 line km of surveying flown at a line spacing of 800 m (or 2625 feet) for traverse lines and 2000 m (or 6,562 feet) for orthogonal control lines. The flying height will be determined by a smooth draped surface with a minimum terrain clearance of 250 m (or 820 feet). The average flying height will exceed 600m (1968 feet). The intensity of the total magnetic field will be measured from the aircraft. Please note that aircraft will not touch down except at municipal airports. Based on past flying in the region, the weather may be bad or clouds may cover mountainsides so the aircraft may fly only once or twice every week. Under such conditions, the survey may take longer to finish. There will be no ground-based survey whatsoever.

Aeromagnetic surveys provide useful information necessary for communities, aboriginal associations, and government to make land use decisions.

Copies of the maps will be sent to the local communities. The data will also be made available on-line for free download through the Geoscience Data Repository for Aeromagnetic Data ( The data will be published as maps available digitally for free download through NRCan's GeoGratis application (

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from January 9, 2018 to April 30, 2018.