This project catalogued, promoted and preserved the existing Smithers Exploration Group’s (SEG) Rock Room – a collection of more than 2,000 rocks from across British Columbia with a focus on the Northwest Region.
More than half of the money spent on mineral exploration in BC is spent in the northwest and north-central parts of the province. The town of Smithers in northwest BC is a gateway and important support hub. As such, it is the ideal location for the purpose-built SEG Rock Room, which hosts more than 2,000 rock samples from the deposits and geologic units across the province.
Although the extensive collection contains a wealth of geological knowledge, new samples are regularly added to the collection and work is required to catalogue and promote the collection.
This project fits under Geoscience BC’s Strategic Objective of ‘Advancing Science & Innovative Geoscience Technologies’ and the goal to:
Access to the complete, curated collection helps inform and train geologists and prospectors; under-graduates and high school students; and local Indigenous groups. Digitizing samples in the collection is expanding access to the Rock Room online to connect with a wider audience.
The Rock Room is in Smithers, BC with samples from across BC, including Kitimat Stikine Regional District, Bulkley-Nechako Regional District and Fraser Fort George Regional District.
The collection contains samples of various Cordilleran rock suites and examples of ore deposit types from more than 20 ore deposits including Bell Copper, Brucejack and Mount Milligan.
During 2019 and 2020, using funding from Geoscience BC and matching donors, SEG: