Project: Deposit characteristics and optimization of exploration techniques for carbonatite-hosted Nb, Ta, and REE deposits in British Columbia.
This project focuses on the optimization of existing methods in stream sediment geochemistry and indicator minerals in exploration for carbonatite-related Nb, Ta, and REE deposits in British Columbia. The project area covers several carbonatite-related Nb, Ta, and REE deposits (Aley, Lonnie, and Wicheeda carbonatites) near Mackenzie and Prince George in north central British Columbia. We want to create methodology that will improve exploration efficiency.
Using portable x-ray fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy, and electron microprobe analyses of sediments and indicator minerals grains from carbonatite-related Nb, Ta, and REE deposits and other deposit types (peralkaline, pegmatite, and specialty metal granite) will allow for generation of exploration tools to improve predictive targeting of these deposits. This methodology will directly apply to carbonatite-related Nb, Ta, and REE deposits as well as those associated with peralkaline, pegmatite, and specialty metal granites. If successful, the methodology can be customized for use in exploration for other mineralogical complex deposit types (eg. tungsten, scarn, PGE, and chromite deposits).