More than half of the money spent on mineral exploration in BC is spent in the northwest and north-central parts of the province. Located in Smithers, SEG’s purpose-designed Rock Room hosts more than 2,000 rock samples from the deposits and important rock units in this highly prospective mineral exploration area.
Although the extensive collection contains a wealth of geological knowledge of the area, new samples are needed to complete the collection and work is required to store and promote its value to the audiences that will benefit from accessing the collection, including exploration geologists, students and community members.
This project fits under Geoscience BC’s Strategic Objective of ‘Advancing Science & Innovative Geoscience Technologies’ and the goal to:
- Support the preservation and curation of significant geological rock suites, core samples, archived government and museum samples, data and other important materials that form reference or historical records to complement efforts of other organizations.
Access to the complete, curated collection will help to train field geologists and prospectors updating their regional knowledge; under-graduates and high school students as part of earth science studies; and First Nations. The collection is currently available through the annual Rock Talk conference or by booking a visit to the collection. By digitizing samples in the collection, access to the Rock Room will be expanded online to connect with a wider audience.
The Rock Room is in Smithers, BC and the samples have been collected from across northcentral and northwest BC, including Kitimat Stikine Regional District, Bulkley-Nechako Regional District and Fraser Fort George Regional District.