Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation Area - Regional Geochemical Data Repository Project (NTS 82L, 82M, 92I, 92J, 92N, 92O, 92P, 93A, 93B, 93C, 93D, 93E, 93F, 93G, 93H, 93J, 93L, 93M, 93N)
- Wayne Jackaman, Independent Consultant
Over the last 25 years several federal and provincial geoscience programs have been undertaken in the areas of BC now experiencing the mountain pine beetle (MPB) infestation. Results of this previous work have produced a large collection of publicly available multi-media regional geochemical information. Previous surveys include regional scale stream sediment and water surveys, lake sediment and water surveys, till programs, biogeochemistry studies plus numerous associated research activities. To date, over 12,000 regional sites have been sampled within the 150,000 square kilometre MPB infestation area. Survey results include in excess of 600,000 analytical determinations for a wide range of metals and pathfinder elements.
The MPB Infestation Area Regional Geochemical Data Repository Project will produce a GIS ready database of existing regional geochemical data and associated geospatial information. The resulting digital framework will improve access to the information, assist in the planning of detailed surveys and targeted studies, identify geochemical data gaps that can be profiled for future attention, and provide long-term data management advantages.
To demonstrate the utility of the collection, a number of geochemical atlas style thematic maps will be produced. The initial series of maps plus the first version of raw geochemical data, statistical summaries and associated geospatial data coverages will be presented on a CD and distributed at Mineral Exploration Roundup in 2007.
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