Project: Tectonothermal history of the southern Kootenay Arc and Purcell Anticlinorium, southeastern British Columbia
My project is examining aspects of metamorphism, structure, geochronology, tectonics and mineralization within a region of southeastern British Columbia, bounded by the communities of Creston, Salmo and Nelson. The geological complexity of this region derives from several phases of deformation, metamorphism and voluminous granitoid intrusion, ranging in age from Jurassic to Eocene, all related to Cordilleran orogenesis. This geological diversity has resulted in a particularly wide variety of ore deposits, many of which are metamorphosed. The unusual rock compositions developed during mineralization have led to unusual metamorphic mineral assemblages that may be used as indicators to mineralization. Therefore, the aim of this project is to determine the burial-heating-intrusion history of the area, which will constrain the spatial controls, character, genesis and timing of mineral deposits in this region, with implications for improved exploration strategies.