The QUEST-West Project and Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation areas in central British Columbia have high potential for discovery of additional mineral resources. Previously, drift exploration studies have been conducted in region to assist the mineral industry in locating new prospects where traditional exploration techniques have been hindered by the thick cover of glacial sediment that masks the bedrock surface.
The objective of this project is to deliver a geoscience report and digital datasets containing unpublished till geochemistry and clast lithology data from the Bulkley River valley and adjacent areas. The data was collected by the British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) in 1996 as part of till geochemistry and Quaternary geology studies in the Babine porphyry copper district. This study was undertaken as part of multidisciplinary and collaborative research conducted by the BCGS, the Geological Survey of Canada, and university researchers for the Nechako National Mapping (NATMAP) project in central British Columbia. The project area contains several active mines and past producers (e.g., Huckleberry, Bell, Granisle, Equity Silver, and Endako) and several advanced projects (Big Onion, Davidson, and Morrison).
The publication of this geoscience data will assist with the identification of new exploration targets and re- evaluation of known mineral occurrences that will promote further investment in resource exploration and development. The project will provide information about the background surficial geochemistry and Quaternary geology that is not currently available for the Bulkley River valley area and expands the geoscience database for central British Columbia.