Holistic exploration in covered terranes: An example applied to the Cu-Mo porphyry prospectivity of Quesnel, eastern British Columbia (0.5 days)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Room 701A
Organizer: Laurentian University
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Holistic exploration in covered terranes: An example applied to the Cu-Mo porphyry prospectivity of Quesnel, eastern British Columbia (0.5 days)

Modern mineral exploration requires discovering deposits that are increasingly difficult to detect. This is challenging the geoscience community to develop new methods and
technologies to locate deposits in under-explored localities. In an effort to stimulate the development of new approaches to exploration, and to inspire collaboration across the
geosciences, the Frank Arnott Award Challenge was created. This short course showcases the winning submission from Challenge’s 2017 “Experienced” category and will highlight collaborative exploration for copper porphyry targets in the Quesnel Terrane in British Columbia, Canada.

This session aims to provide an overview of the methodology and implementation of integrating diverse, publically available geoscientific datasets (structural, geological, geochemical, geophysical, and surficial) applied to the search for undercover deposits. Innovative exploration tools within in each geoscientific discipline will be demonstrated to highlight key mineralization signatures for various geoscientific datasets.

Tools include:
· Post-processing and transformations of geophysical datasets for 3D lithological interpretation and structural delineation
· Principal Component Analysis (PCA) for lake and stream sediments
· Conditional probability (CP) for lake and stream sediments
· Geological interpretation of porphyry systems under cover

These signatures will then be integrated using a simple, knowledge-based prospectivity analysis technique to identify prospective regions in an area covered by glacial till. The construction of a regionally-extensive 3D model will also be demonstrated by combining geological and geophysical data. The session aims to facilitate knowledge sharing, as well as to promote discussion of multidisciplinary interpretation and modeling to improve exploration techniques in challenging settings.

Rebecca Montsion, Laurentian University
Vicki Tschirhart, Geological Survey of Canada 
Benoit Saumur, Université du Québec à Montréal
Pedro Acosta-Gongora, Geological Survey of Canada
Michael Gadd, Geological Survey of Canada
Peter Tschirhart, Paterson, Grant & Watson Ltd.


COURSE FEE: Includes course material, hot buffet breakfast and refreshments

Member $219.99 Non-member $279.99
Student $149.99

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