Project: The Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Geochronology of the Wicheeda Carbonatite Complex, BC
The Wicheeda carbonatite complex is located 80km north east of Prince George, B.C.. Carbonatites are rare magmatic rocks that are composed of over 50% carbonate minerals. They are generally associated with continental rift related tectonic settings. They are commonly enriched in REE’s, Nb, and P. We know very little about the genesis of these rocks as a whole. The Wicheeda carbonatite complex has been historically explored for its REE potential but until recently there has been very little extensive exploration. My study aims to determine the mineralogy, geochemistry, geology and age of the Wicheeda carbonatite. In order to do this I intend to sample drill core, historic trenches, outcrops and complete geological mapping followed by sample analysis using field and laboratory techniques. Through field these techniques I hope to gain an understanding of the Wicheeda carbonatite, its mineralogy and economic potential. Understanding carbonatites and the mineralogy of REE deposits is important to determine a successful exploration strategy, whether a deposit is economic or not, and could assist in exploration of other REE deposits in this belt as a whole.